A B.C. company plans to start construction this summer on an $85-million plant in Parkland County that will produce wood pellets as a greener form of fuel. Pinnacle Renewable Energy Inc. intends to build the facility near the CN Rail line outside Entwistle, 100 kilometres west of Edmonton, according to a news release. It will be the first plant the Richmond, B.C.-based company has put up in Alberta and is expected to employ about 70 people when it starts operating next spring.
The high-heat, low-ash pellets are typically burned for home, institutional or industrial heating, used for animal bedding or turned into fuel for electricity generation — one of Pinnacle’s biggest clients is Britain’s largest single-site coal power plant, which brings them in to cut its greenhouse gas emissions.
The pellets are made from compressed wood waste often treated as garbage….