High winds damage Canadian biomass power plant

High winds have severely damaged a Canadian biomass power plant, causing it to shut down.

The Nova Scotia facility, owned by Emera Energy, will be out “for the foreseeable future”, according to reports. The site generates energy using a 30 MW steam turbine powered by biomass.

Emera Energy’s spokesperson Dina Bartolacci Seely confirmed to CBC News that high winds on 18 February knocked over the stack at Brooklyn Power in Brooklyn, Nova Scotia, causing extensive damage to the facility and a warehouse. Fortunately, no one was injured.

Bartolacci Seeley said Emera officials expect that it will take months before repairs at the plant are complete.

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