New Biomass plant opens in Port Hawkesbury

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New Biomass plant opens in Port Hawkesbury

October 30, 2013

PORT HAWKESBURY -- Nova Scotia Power today provided neighbours and members of the community a first-hand look at its newest renewable energy facility. In July, the Port Hawkesbury Biomass Plant started full operation producing both electricity and steam while generating economic activity in the region.

“A project like the Port Hawkesbury Biomass Plant takes the cooperation and expertise of many partners to help bring it to a successful completion,” said Mark Sidebottom, Nova Scotia Power’s Vice President of Power Generation and Delivery. “That’s why today is as much about thanking everyone involved as it is about demonstrating the economic and environmental benefits of this new renewable energy facility.”

The Port Hawkesbury Biomass Plant can produce up to 60MW of renewable energy and has created 32 new operations jobs at the plant, in addition to the economic activity created during the construction phase. Biomass fuel procurement activities are creating further economic opportunities through sustainable forest harvesting, trucking, chipping, fuel handling, forest management and silviculture.

“It’s great to celebrate this milestone with the community and to start a new chapter in this region,” said Sidebottom. “We have a dedicated team of employees who look forward to playing an even stronger role in the community as this facility begins operations.”