In 2008, biomass thermal provided five percent of the energy needs of the commercial, institutional and residential sectors in BC. Wood Waste to Rural Heat (WW2RH) proposes an ambitious but practical vision for expansion of biomass thermal to fifteen percent of BC's commercial, institutional and residential energy demand by 2025. Huge economic and environmental benefits would result if that vision were realized, particularly in rural BC. These include energy savings of over $240 million per year and 600+ new stable jobs, primarily in rural communities.
WW2RH works with communities, First Nations and Not-for-Profits throughout the Mountain Pine Beetle (MPB) epidemic zone, to assist them to understand and adopt biomass heating solutions, by providing resources, technical analysis, knowledge and best practices from around the world at no cost.
WW2RH is led by Community Futures East Kootenay (CFEK). Funding providers for the project are the Southern Interior Beetle Action Coalition (SIBAC), Columbia Basin Trust (CBT), the BC Ministry of Jobs, Tourism and Skills Training, Cariboo-Chilcotin Beetle Action Coalition (CCBAC) and the Omineca Beetle Action Coalition (OBAC).