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Natural Resources Canada
October 8, 2010

Government of Canada Invests in Clean Energy in Manitoba

WINNIPEG — The Honourable Steven Fletcher, Minister of State (Democratic Reform), today announced Government of Canada support for a project to demonstrate the potential benefits of using pyrolysis oil, a bio-oil replacement for heavy oil that is often used in agriculture and industry.

Minister Fletcher was joined by the Honourable Rosann Wowchuk, Minister responsible for Manitoba Hydro, and Bob Brennan, President and CEO of Manitoba Hydro, to highlight the first of five projects under Manitoba Hydro’s Power Smart Bioenergy Optimization Program.

“With this important investment, our Government is once again helping to position Canada at the forefront of clean energy technology,” said Minister Fletcher. “This innovative bioenergy project will create high-quality jobs for Manitobans and help reduce greenhouse gas emissions.”

“This exciting collaboration to develop bioenergy in Manitoba complements our many renewable energy initiatives on biofuels for vehicles, hydro and wind power and geothermal, and has the potential to aid in our climate change goals, green economy and energy independence,” said Minister Wowchuk.

The project, which is receiving up to $2.42 million through the Clean Energy Fund, will demonstrate and evaluate the use of pyrolysis oil to replace fossil fuel as a source of heat and power in industrial applications. The testing of pyrolysis oil will provide agricultural and industrial customers with future access to alternative fuels and an increased understanding of how to make the most of renewable energy resources in the region.

As part of Canada’s Economic Action Plan, the Clean Energy Fund is investing $795 million over five years in clean energy technology development and demonstration. The Government of Canada is supporting nearly 20 projects under the renewable and clean energy portion of the Clean Energy Fund, totalling up to $146 million. Three carbon capture and storage projects have also been announced, totalling $466 million from the fund.


Minister of State Steven Fletcher today announced Government of Canada support of up to $2.42 million, through the Clean Energy Fund, for Manitoba Hydro’s Power Smart Bioenergy Optimization Program. The first of this five-part project will test pyrolysis oil as a bio-oil replacement for fossil fuels. The project will also provide agricultural and industrial customers with increased access to alternative fuels.

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