Pierre Desrochers

GGR 333 – Energy and Society – Bioenergy (wood pellets)

Please look up the relevant readings assigned in Lecture 8.

– Supporters
Copley, Andrew. 2020. “Wood Bioenergy Update: North American Wood Pellet Exports.” Forisk Blog (November 17).

Strauss, William. 2016. Industrial Wood Pellet Fuel in Pulverized Coal Power Plants A rational, pragmatic, and easy to implement solution for transitioning toward a zero coal future in Alberta. FutureMetrics.

– Critics
Nothing for now

Case study: Atikokan (Ontario)

Biopower International – Distribution.

Brouillette, Marc. 2022. Extending Atikokan Biomass Generating Station (AGS) Operations. A Need and Benefits Impact Assessment. Strategic Policy Economics (January).

Jiggens, Mike. 2021. “From pellets to power: Inside North America’s first power plant to be converted from coal to biomass.” Canadian Biomass (April 30).

Sherrard, Alan. 2015. “Atikokan – North America’s largest coal to pellet power conversion.” Bioenergy International (February 23).

Bruns, Adam. 2014. “Biomass Breakthrough: In Ontario, coal is bad, but wood is good enough.” Site Selection Magazine (October).

Case study: Drax (United Kingdom)


Pepper, Elly. 2022. “10 Facts About Drax on the Eve of its Annual Results Release.” NRDC (February 23).

CNN Business. 2019. “How the dirtiest power station in western Europe switched to renewable energy.” (October 25).

Biofuelwatch. 2017. Briefing: Drax Power Station Emissions Briefing: Coal-to-biomass conversion increases levels of small particles (July).

Mearns, Euan. 2015. “Wood Pellets, Drax and Deforestation.” Energy Matters (December 10).

Pearce, Fred. 2015. “UK to build world’s first power plant with negative emissions.” New Scientist (September 28).