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A biomass project in Prince George was approved by the B.C. Utilities Commission on Tuesday.

It was amongst three other projects across the province that got the green light from the commission.

Canfor Pulp LTD., Partnership project in Prince George, PG Interior Waste to Energy LTD.’s project also in Prince George, Domtar Pulp and Paper Products Inc.’s Project in Kamloops and Zellstoff Celgar LTD.’s Partnership’s project in Castlegar were all approved by the commission.

Together, the four projects will generate a total of 579 gigawatt hours of electricity annually, enough to power more than 52,000 homes.

Minister of Energy, Mines and Petroleum, Blair Lekstrom, says bioenergy will contribute to the provinces goal of achieving electricity self-sufficiency by 2016.

Meanwhile, B.C. Hydro President and CEO Bob Elton says bioenergy projects will provide firm electricity year round, by utilizing a carbon neutral fuel.

The four facilities will use forest-based biomass like logging debris and trees killed by mountain pine beetles to generate electricity.

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