CHARLOTTESTOWN, PEI – Negotiations are underway to create a power plant that would convert dead branches and tree bark into energy.

Officials of Prince Edward Island are talking with New Phase Power of Alberta to locate the co-generation plant in a former fabrication yard in Borden-Carleton. The <I>Chronicle Herald<I> quoted Energy Minister James Ballem as saying, "We see it as another step toward our goal of having 30 percent of our energy from sustainable sources by 2016."

Plans call for the construction of a 25-megawatt biomass generating plant. The plant may need to source biomass fuel from outside of the island to meet its energy producing requirements.


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