Infrastructure being built by the advanced and renewable energy cluster in Prince George is positioning the city as a leader in the bioenergy sector of British Columbia (BC). The City's energy sector also includes a wide range of activities, such as:
- Downtown District Energy System, which heats civic buildings
- Production of renewable energy from raw materials (Prince George has six sawmills that provide raw materials in the form of shavings, hog fuel and sawdust)
- Production wood pellets (Prince George contributes 21% of the total wood pellet production in BC)
- Cogeneration at
Canfor's Northwood Pulp Mill (reduced gas consumption by 500,000 GJ for an annual cost savings of $5 million)
- Innovation of energy sources, such as biocarbon (Alterna Energy biocarbon pilot plant converts 110,000 tonnes of wood residues into 25,000 tonnes of biocarbon)
University of Northern British Columbia (UNBC) biomass gasification system (offsets nearly 85% of previous fossil fuel consumption)
- Reduction of reliance on fossil fuels
- Silviculture and harvesting
- Delivery of energy to end users
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Business opportunities related to the energy and bioenergy sector in Prince George include:
- Transmission line maintenance and security
- Engineering and professional
- Environmental impact assessment
- Research and development
- Transportation and logistics
- Training and development of workforce
Prince George's energy and bioenergy sector has a strategic advantage due to its north-central location in BC – a region with the largest amount of wood biomass on available harvesting land in Canada and close proximity to major energy projects, such as the
Site C Clean Energy Project and transmission lines.
With access to road, rail, and air infrastructure to support the movement of heavy equipment and transformers, Prince George also has a large number of service and supply companies that support energy development projects in northern BC.
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Supply Chain Connector database.
Education and training
The energy and bioenergy sector has access to a significant workforce, educated through the
College of New Caledonia trades training programs and UNBC natural resources programs.
Energy and bioenergy industry resources
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