The Northwest Territories Biomass Energy Association (NTBEA) is a nonprofit organization dedicated to promoting the sector across the entire Northwest Territories. Operating in a cold, remote climate, its members are equally interested in the environmental and economic benefits of biomass over competing fossil fuel alternatives.
Thanks to small group of entrepreneurs working closely with a number of levels of government, the NWT is now a leader in the Canadian biomass industry in terms of both the number and size of biomass installations. With larger buildings having proved the feasibility of the heat source, work has now begun to install biomass boilers in medium and even some smaller buildings.
The association is inclusive and wants to bring together all industry stakeholders—from engineers to entrepreneurs to architects and government officials—to promote the industry for the good of the entire NWT.
The association was created partly to overcome challenges for organizations and homeowners wanting to switch to biomass heating. To help achieve this goal, the organization pushes for progressive, consistent industry regulation and regularly provides input and information to policymakers.