Biomass plant proposed

Abbotsford could soon be home to a leading edge, $17.5 million biomass energy plant that will provide heat and carbon dioxide to a local greenhouse, using trees destroyed by the pine beetle.

It will also produce 10.5 megawatts of power, almost all of which will be sold back to B.C. Hydro.

"It's considered green energy. We're actually reducing CO2, because the wood would release more greenhouse gases if it were left to rot," Jim Carroll, CEO of Biomass Secure Energy, said yesterday.