A new biomass energy facility in Rothschild is set to open by the end of this year. It is a partnership between Domtar Paper and WE Energies.
The idea behind the partnership is that Domtar will provide the space and maintain ownership of the plant, while WE Energies will supply them with steam to run the paper making operation.
For Domtar, which has faced some economic challenges over the last few years, this new partnership creates a win-win situation.
"It is using the whole forest. We will still be procuring wood for paper, but this allows loggers and production people to use the whole tree." Says Domtar representative Craig Timm.
A tour today of the facility for the company's shareholders and members of the media highlighted how the new plant will make a very minimal impact on the environment compared to other methods of producing energy. Currently WE Energies relies mostly on coal and nuclear power in order to generate electricity.
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