Three Yukon schools could soon be burning wood chips instead of heating oil, as the territorial government considers a switch to biomass.
The schools are the St. Elias Community School in Haines Junction, Johnson Elementary School in Watson Lake and the Teslin Community School.
Shane Andre, director of the territorial government's energy branch, says wood could be harvested and chipped locally.
"It allows us to create some economic opportunities close to those communities," he says.
The burners use wood chips, ideally sized about one inch across. Those could be scraps from logging or firewood or smaller material, like willows. Unlike traditional wood stoves, the units are automated and don't require someone to shovel in chips during the day.
No budget for the venture has been announced.
Andre says each school would require a 'fairly large storage unit' to house the chips.
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