STANDARDS, BIOMASS, ASSOCIATIONS, institutions, etc., WASTE management, BIODIVERSITY, and ELECTRICITY
The article discusses the EcoLogo standards for bioenergy, established by Environment Canada in 1988. In November 2008, a review of EcoLogo standards for biomass-generated electricity in Canada was initiated and Canadian Institute of Forestry Institut/Forestier du Canada (CIF/IFC) registered to participate in the first step of the process. Recommendations by the CIF/IFC for EcoLogo criteria are presented, including the need of EcoLogo criteria to be meet the highest international standards and to be relevant within an international context. Also discussed are greenhouse gas emissions and life-cycle analyses (LCA), exclusion of land with high biodiversity values cleared for production of biomass-fuelled electricity and application of waste management hierarchy.
RENEWABLE energy sources, POWER resources, and ELECTRICITY
The article reports on the approval by the British government for the development of the 295-megawatt (MW) Tees Renewable Energy Plant by MGT Power Limited. The Tees Renewable Energy Plant will be able to generate electricity through the use of 2.65 million tons of wood chips per year. The biomass electricity plant will be constructed at Teesport in the northeast region of Great Britain and is scheduled to begin operation in 2012.
FOREST products industry, ELECTRICITY, INTERNATIONAL competition, PRICE cutting, REBATES, GOVERNMENT policy, and ECONOMICS
The article discusses the government policy on industrial electricity in Ontario and its effects on the forestry sector. Jamie Lim, president and chief executive officer (CEO) of the Ontario Forest Industries Association (OFIA), comments on the competitiveness of electricity costs in Ontario, a competitive business environment, and the Ontario Forestry Coalition (OFC). Rates must be reduced further for the pulp and paper sector. The OFIA and the OFC proposed a rebate on electricity, which suggests the implementation of all-in delivered power rates.