Beetle mania

Plutonic Power Corporation Inc. considered getting into the biomass business three years ago, generating electricity using mountain pine beetle wood. But the independent power producer eventually decided against that diversification strategy.

According to a record obtained by Public Eye via a freedom of information request, company vice-chairman and chief executive officer Don McInnes - along with then corporate affairs director Bob Poore - were scheduled to meet with Rich Coleman and Richard Neufeld on November 27, 2006 "to discuss how to move these types of projects forward collaboratively with the Ministry of Forests and Range and the Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources."

In an email, Plutonic communications director Elisha McCallum stated, "We looked at it, but didn't proceed" - with the company focusing its attention on other run of the river projects. The following is a complete copy of that email.

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Subject: Ministers Neufeld, Coleman, Donald Innis, Bob Poore, Greg, Peter
Location: Room 134

Start: Mon 2006-11-27 4:00 PM
End: Mon 2006-11-27 4:30 PM

Recurrence: (none)

Ministers Neufeld and Coelman, Donald McInnis and Bob Poore (Plutonic Power Corp.) re: opportunity for biomass electricity generation using Mountain Pine Beetle wood and to discuss how to move these types of projects forward collaboratively with the Ministry of Forests and Range and the Ministry of Energy, Mines and Petroleum Resources.

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