Media Release: Burning interest in future opportunities in Woodfuel in the Highlands and Islands

A FACT-finding event being held this week on how local businesses and individuals could benefit from using or working with woodfuel in the Highlands and Islands has already attracted over 50 participants.

The growing interest in the opportunities renewable energy can provide in the region has inspired Highlands and Islands Forest Industries (HIFIC) and Highlands and Islands Enterprise (HIE) to run the free event at the Averon Centre in Alness on Wednesday (6 May 2009).

“HIE is pleased to be working closely with HIFIC in delivering such an important event. This is about sharing information and experience in the sector so local businesses can learn about and take advantage of the growing opportunities in the Biomass sector,” said Colin Grant, of HIE.

Woodfuel’s low carbon footprint is making it an increasingly popular choice for fuel and the event will provide a valuable networking event for anyone involved in, or considering involvement in, woodfuel boiler installation, supply and distribution of wood fuel, design and specification of commercial and domestic new build projects and those who may wish to supply services and raw material.

While the local wood fuel industry is still in the early stages of development the imminent opening of the new Balcas wood pellet plant in Invergordon has significant potential to foster confidence in the fuel supply and act as a catalyst for rapid market development.

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