NS Forest Biomass

Information on feedstocks, operation, certifications etc for Forest Bioenergy Operations and Suppliers in Nova Scotia
‘Workin on it – Dec 10, 2018


NSP/PHP Port Hawkesbury/Pt Tupper

Despite warnings that burning biomass does not address climate change, Nova Scotia Power burned more biomass in 2018 than in 2017
JENNIFER HENDERSON in the Halifax Examiner, Apr 2, 2019

NSPI to UARB 2018 Annual FAM Report 2018 NON CONFIDENTIAL

Why Coal Produces “Greener” Electricity than Biomass in Nova Scotia
Poster by Peter Ritcie, 2017

Executive Director of Climate Change at Nova Scotia Environment challenged on the “renewable energy” status of Pt Tupper biomass facility
Post on NSFN, feb 25, 2018

Great Northern Timber

Company Website
“We supply various grades of hardwood and softwood chips for numerous applications. We have stable and abundant sources for all our forest products. Listed: Chips for Pulp and Paper; Chips for MDF and board; Biomass for Energy; Logs.

Sheet harbour chipping facility
Production Capacity 400,000 tons per year
Sheet Harbour Shiploading Terminal
Pellet Mill – Upper Musquodoboit

View bottom of the Home Page for their certifications. Those include:

– Programme for the Endorsement of Forest Certification (PEFC™) Chain of Custody Certification: http://www.pefccanada.org/custody.htm
– Forest Stewardship Council (FSC® – C099959) Chain of Custody Certification: https://ca.fsc.org/en-ca/certification/chain-of-custody-certification
– Forest Stewardship Council (FSC® – C099959) Controlled Wood Certification: https://ca.fsc.org/en-ca/certification/controlled-wood

GNT notes: “Great Northern Timber is proud to announce that our pellet mill will soon be certified to Sustainable Biomass Program (SBP)*! They provide a link to Great Northern Timber Supply Base Report (Oct 2018, v4-0. – Under the Sustainable Biomass Partnership, this document is detailed, provides principles, stats etc.)

*Sustainable Biomass Program
Their standards are available at https://sbp-cert.org/documents/standards-documents/standards


Dalhousie Agricultural Campus Biomass Plant

“The biomass thermal plant at Dalhousie’s Agricultural Campus has been in use for over 30 years and is near the end of its useful life. This $26.5 million project will replace the aging steam lines with hot water lines, replace the wood boiler, add appropriate and required air quality controls, and add a turbine to create electricity. Also called the Biomass Co-Gen Project, this will support the community and university’s sustainability goals as well as address facilities renewal costs of an existing end-of-life system. It will create opportunity to connect research, teaching and operations.” There was a grand opening of the facility on Nov 20, 2018.

Agricultural Campus Biomass Thermal Plant Update page.
Includes Vision, Concept, Project Overview, Construction Updates, Community Information and Discussion Session, Contact. Most detail is given under Concept.

Project Fact Sheet (no date)

Biomass Energy Plant opening:
Ryan McNutt – November 21, 2018 on Dal news

Related post on NSFN:
Can Dalhousie/AC lead the way on proper accounting for bioenergy in Nova Scotia?
Nov 22, 2018.


Comfit projects


Brooklyn Power

Pages from WestFor Agreement Oct 2017:



Pursuing Clean Growth in Atlantic Canada: Progress, Challenges and Policy Priorities
July 2018 Atlantic Provinces Economic Council View Table 3.3

“Note: Biomass stores CO2 making it carbon neutral even though CO2 is released during combustion.
Source: Environmental Protection Agency, Nova Scotia Power ”

“Approximately two-thirds of electricity generating capacity in Atlantic Canada was from
non-emitting or renewable energy in 2015, if nuclear power and biomass are included
(Table 3.5). Biomass is considered carbon-neutral because it stores carbon prior to being
burned and comes from sustainable forests products when possible.39 ”
39 reads: “39 Biomass stores CO2 making it carbon neutral even though CO2 is released during combustion”