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2011/10 (a)

Backgrounder

Investing in Canada’s Clean Energy Future


The Government of Canada is making investments in clean energy that are producing renewable energy and reducing the environmental footprint of industry while helping to position innovative technologies at the forefront of the clean energy economy.

The Government is working with industry, provincial governments and other key stakeholders to help transform our energy industry and to take advantage of the growing eco-economy, where innovation and environmental performance are key.

Today’s $43-million total investment in Nova Scotia comes from three Government of Canada programs.

Northern Pulp’s mill in New Glasgow will receive $28.1 million from the Pulp and Paper Green Transformation Program for three capital improvement projects. New equipment will facilitate the processing of black liquor solids and maximize the boilers’ capacity to burn biomass. In total, these projects will increase renewable energy production by more than 530,000 GJ, enough energy to heat almost 8,500 homes. These improvements are expected to improve air quality in the surrounding community by reducing odorous gas emissions by over 70 percent and lowering sulphur dioxide emissions by more than 100 tonnes per year. The mill’s greenhouse gases emissions will also be reduced by approximately 5,600 tonnes a year — equivalent to the greenhouse gas emissions of more than 1,500 cars.

The Government of Canada is investing $8.2 million in Nova Scotia Power through the Clean Energy Fund for the development of a biomass co-firing project. If this technology were to be replicated in all of Nova Scotia Power’s coal-fired power plants, a reduction of up to one million tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions could be possible annually.

An additional investment of up to $6.75 million through the ecoENERGY for Renewable Power program was also announced to support the Point Tupper Wind Farm, operated by Renewable Energy Services Limited in Port Hawkesbury, increasing Nova Scotia’s supply of clean, renewable power.

Program Details

The $1-billion Pulp and Paper Green Transformation Program improves the environmental performance and sustainability of Canada’s pulp and paper sector by focusing on innovative, environmentally friendly technologies, including renewable energy production. The Government is working with industry, provincial governments and other key stakeholders to help transform our forest industry and to help it take advantage of the growing bioeconomy, where innovation and environmental performance are key.

The Clean Energy Fund, part of the Government of Canada’s Economic Action Plan, is investing $795 million over five years in research, development and demonstration projects to advance Canadian leadership in clean energy technologies.

This includes large-scale carbon capture and storage demonstration projects as well as smaller-scale demonstration projects of renewable and alternative energy technologies.

The ecoENERGY for Renewable Power program is providing about $1.48 billion to increase Canada's supply of clean electricity from renewable sources such as wind, biomass, hydro, geothermal, solar and ocean energy. This program is part of the Government of Canada’s $4.1-billion ecoENERGY initiatives.

The program is expected to encourage the production of up to 4,000 megawatts of new electricity from renewable energy sources — enough electricity to power about one million homes.


Richard Walker
Director of Communications
Office of the Minister
Natural Resources Canada
Ottawa
613-996-2007

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