Tlicho-owned Biomass District Heating in Behchoko
On January 17 the grand opening ceremony for the new wood pellet boiler and district heating system in Behchoko took place. The system is owned and operated by Tlicho Investment Corporation, making it the first aboriginal-owned biomass district heating system in the NWT. It was installed by J&R Mechanical with assistance from local personnel and uses a 540kW KOB boiler supplied by Fink Machines. It provides heat to 6 buildings including the Tlicho Government Office, Health Centre, Motel, Nishi Khon centre, Northern Store, and Nurses residence. It will also heat the new Elders centre currently being constructed. It will reduce heating oil consumption by an estimated 200,000 litres per year which will reduce GHG emissions by about 540 tonnes per year, while cutting heating costs by about half. It currently burns wood pellets, but TIC hopes to eventually use local wood chips made from trees killed in old forest fires near the community.