Canadian Forest Service Publications

Bioenergy options for woody feedstock: are trees killed by mountain pine beetle in British Columbia a viable bioenergy resource? 2006. Stennes, B.; McBeath, A. Natural Resources Canada, Canadian Forest Service, Pacific Forestry Centre, Victoria, British Colmbia. Information Report BC-X-405E. 29 p.

Year: 2006

Issued by: Pacific Forestry Centre

Catalog ID: 26537

Language: English

Series: Information Report (PFC - Victoria)

Availability: PDF (download)

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Commercial energy production from woody biomass is receiving considerable attention due to a host of factors. Demand-side drivers include upward pressure on the cost of traditional energy sources and an increased awareness of the negative effects of generating energy from these traditional (commercial) sources. On the supply side, woody biomass sources are increasing as a result of insect outbreak, fires or measures to minimize the risk of such events. Except in special cases, biomass energy technologies still cost more than energy production from fossil fuels, necessitating regulatory or economic instruments to increase their adoption. Following a general analysis of the drivers and instruments to facilitate bioenergy uptake we examine the economic issues associated with bioenergy production resulting from the mountain pine beetle outbreak in the British Columbia interior.