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Province introduces controversial biomass energy regulations

Not everyone is in agreement over labelling biomass as 'renewable' energy
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New provincial regulations will see Nova Scotia Power using more biomass to generate electricity in the coming years.

The three year standard requires the utility to purchase 135,000 megawatt hours of renewable energy in 2023, 2024 and 2025.

The province says biomass is likely the only option for meeting the new regulations.

But not everyone is in agreement over labelling biomass as "renewable" energy.

The Ecology Action Centre's Ray Plourde calls that notion a "farce" and a "sick joke", saying it takes more wood than fossil fuels to create a comparable amount of energy.

Natural Resources Minister Tory Rushton acknowledged the practice is controversial, but says the current energy issues around the world necessitate immediate action. 

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