March 20, 2023

Small-Scale Biomass District Heating Handbook A Reference for Alberta & BC Local Governments

Publish Date
March 2014
Agriculture and Irrigation, Province of Alberta

The purpose of this handbook is to support a growing number of small communities across British Columbia and Alberta interested in making a business case for biomass district heating (DH). Small-scale biomass DH systems can be a centerpiece of an integrated strategy on clean energy, energy independence and a transition to a green economy. Primary benefits include:

  • potential to reduce greenhouse gas emissions,
  • local economic development through attracting investment, clean energy job creation,
    infrastructure development and keeping energy dollars circulating locally, and
  • increased energy security.


  • Energy
  • Energy Efficiency
  • Green Infrastructure
  • greenhouse gas reductions
  • infrastructure planning
  • Land use and Transportation