Forests pitched to heat PEI gov’t buildings
A western P.E.I. business is hoping for a sizable expansion of its operation that uses wood chips harvested from Island forests to heat government buildings.
March 5, 2013 By CBC News
Wellington-based Atlantic BioHeat is already providing biomass heating at the Evangeline and West Isle schools. It’s now forming a new venture, PEI Bioheat, and trying to win a 20-year contract with the province to provide biomass heating for up to 32 publicly-owned buildings.
The offer is in response to a request for proposals put out by the province six months ago. The government’s tender includes 22 schools, four manors, three hospitals, and the provincial correctional centre.
PEI BioHeat representative Mathieu Arsenault told CBC News his company’s bioheating plan is a sustainable one.
“There’s a lot of forests that are ready for thinning. So they’re too dense and there’s nothing growing in them anymore. So they’ve become stagnant,” said Arsenault.
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