Request for Expressions of Interest - Timber Deadstock Bioenergy Feasibility Study
The RDCK has committed to 100% renewable energy by 2050. Towards this goal, the RDCK is seeking opportunities to increase resilience in rural and remote communities where thermal and electrical energy options are few, travel distances are long and economic opportunities are limited. Effort is needed to consider and promote localized low carbon renewable energy solutions. One possible source for renewable energy is the abundant and underutilized wood fiber in the RDCK and Columbia Basin.
Underutilized wood fiber sources include forest-based and manufacturing wood waste, logging & wildfire fuel mitigation residue and regional and municipal wood waste management programs. Currently, this wood waste fiber or residual biomass is under-valued as a potential source of renewable energy. If matched with the right-sized technology and appropriate business model, residual biomass could support rural and remote communities such as, but not exclusive to, the north end of Kootenay Lake (Area D), the East shore of Kootenay Lake (Area A), Slocan Valley (Area H) and Arrow Lakes (Area K) with greater (bio) energy options.
The bioenergy potential can be understood as providing environmental, economic and social benefits such as:
- Supporting localized rural and remote economic generation and manufacturing opportunities;
- Supporting micro-grid low carbon energy production, diversification and independence;
- Reducing regional production of greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) by replacing the use of high carbon fuel sources such as propane and heating oil; and,
- Providing rural and remote residents a with less expensive thermal energy source than electricity, propane or heating oil.
While this lists suggests significant potential for use(s) of residual biomass in localized applications, the RDCK recognizes that the challenge is designing the appropriate business model.
This EOI seeks qualified professionals with experience and ability to develop the business case for the feasibility of timber deadstock bioenergy with consideration to the industrial, geographic, political and economic conditions of the RDCK. There is potential to build strong relationships across industry, local and provincial government and community. As well, there is potential to collaborate with Columbia Shuswap Regional District, Regional District East Kootenay and Regional District Kootenay Boundary for a Basin-wide initiative.
 Bioenergy technology review for small-scale forest operators – The Pembina Institute, 2015
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