In 2008, Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako received a $10,000 grant from Northern Development through the Feasibility Studies program towards this $150,000 project. This has been a funding partnership of Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako, Northern Development, Community Economic Diversification Initiative, and Omineca Beetle Action Coalition
2012-In early 2008, the Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako secured funding to conduct a feasibility study that has determined the best approach to utilize innovative green energy technology combining solid waste, agricultural waste and wood waste to generate electricity.
The feasibility study examined utilizing the excess heat generated by the proposed waste-to-energy facility to support the operation of a large-scale greenhouse facility. The study recommended an approach the regional district can adopt for separating and composting organics from the waste stream in order to produce soil products.
"Through the Waste Audit we have a much better understanding of the composition of our region's waste stream. The Regional District has been able to support the development of local recycling initiatives within Fort St. James, Vanderhoof, Fraser Lake, Houston and Smithers due to the information learned through this study."Blair Miller, Chair, Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako
The study explored the concept of partnering with local industry as well as adjacent regional districts to determine how economies of scale could further improve a potential waste-to-energy facility's economically viability. The work completed under the study determined that the waste reduction and greenhouse heating project was not a viable option for the Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako, due to logistics and economic viability concerns. The relatively small volume of waste produced in the regional district was not sufficient to economically sustain a green energy conversion facility.
Since undertaking this study, the Regional District of Bulkley-Nechako has been able to move forward by finacially supporting the development and expansion of local recycling initiatives within the region.