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Uncertain future for biomass plant near Hearst

By Ron Grech
The Timmins Daily Press
January 29, 2020
Category: Carbon, Climate & Bioenergy
Region: Canada East, Canada

HEARST — The future of a biomass generation facility near Hearst remains uncertain as locals hope for a contract renewal with the province. Calstock Biomass Generation sells 100 per cent of its output to the Ontario Electricity Financial Corporation under a power purchase agreement that expires in June 2020. The plant, located 30 kilometres west of Hearst, generates electricity using wood waste provided by several sawmills in the area. The wood waste includes bark, sawdust and any brush material that is not useable for producing lumber. “We’ve got five mills depending on it, not only in Hearst but in Longlac, Hornepayne and White River,” said Hearst Mayor Roger Sigouin. …The mayor said there have been repeated attempts by the plant’s owner, Atlantic Power, to negotiate with the Ontario Government to extend the power purchase agreement.

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