Green Municipal Fund commits $50,000 to a wind study for the Village of Belledune and Eel River Bar First Nation



    BELLEDUNE, NB, June 26 /CNW Telbec/ - President Karen Titus of the Union
of Municipalities of New Brunswick (UMNB), representing the Federation of
Canadian Municipalities (FCM), and the Honourable Gary Lunn, Minister of
Natural Resources, announced today a $50,000 Green Municipal Fund grant to
help the Village of Belledune and its partner the Eel River Bar First Nation
study the potential development of a 30 megawatt (MW) wind farm in a heavy
industrial area of the Village. The project is the first of its kind in
northern New Brunswick and will demonstrate the wind power potential of the
area and showcase a community-based model for environmentally sustainable
economic development.
    "FCM's Green Municipal Fund offers a range of resources and services that
specifically address the sustainable community development needs of municipal
governments," said UMNB President Karen Titus, representing FCM. "The
financing and knowledge provided by the Fund supports the development of
communities that are more environmentally, socially and economically
sustainable."
    "Canadians want to see real results. Through the Green Municipal Fund,
Canada's new government is helping municipalities across the country deliver
results," said Minister Lunn. "Through projects such as this, we are
demonstrating our commitment to a cleaner and healthier environment for
Canadians."
    The scope of the project includes the development of a joint working
agreement between the partners, a public awareness campaign on the benefits of
renewable energy, a 12 month feasibility study on a 50 meter wind tower at a
specific site, including a technical analysis and a market analysis.
    "The 30 MW wind farm is intended to be a grid connected system with the
power sold to New Brunswick Power via a power purchase agreement," said Mayor
Nick Duivenvoorden. "If the feasibility study demonstrates positive results, a
full business plan will be prepared. Based on a 31 per cent capacity factor,
we estimate that a 30 MW wind farm would have an annual electricity production
of 81,468 MW hours and would reduce greenhouse gas emissions per year by
67,618 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent."
    The Government of Canada has endowed the Federation of Canadian
Municipalities with $550 million to establish and manage the Green Municipal
Fund. The Fund supports partnerships and leveraging of both public and private
sector funding to reach higher standards of air, water and soil quality, and
climate protection.

    FCM has been the national voice of municipal governments since 1901. It
fosters sustainable communities enjoying a high quality of life by promoting
strong, effective, and accountable municipal government.




For further information:

For further information: Village of Belledune, NB: Mario LaPointe, Civil
Engineering Technologist, Village of Belledune & Eel River Bar First Nation,
(506) 522-3700, Cell.: (506) 522-8379, vb002@nb.aibn.com; Green Municipal
Fund: Lucille Hodgins, Manager, Community Liaison, Green Municipal Fund,
Centre for Sustainable Community Development, Federation of Canadian
Municipalities, (613) 907-6299, Cell.: (613) 447-0051, Fax: (613) 244-1515,
lhodgins@fcm.ca; Natural Resources Canada: Kathleen Olson, Acting Director of
Communications, Minister's Office, Natural Resources Canada, (613) 996-2007,
Fax: (613) 943-0663; For information on the Village of Belledune, visit
http://www.belledune.com; For information on the Green Municipal Fund,
including details of other approved projects and studies, visit
http://www.sustainablecommunities.fcm.ca; For information on the Federation of
Canadian Municipalities, visit http://www.fcm.ca; For information on Natural
Resources Canada, visit http://nrcan-rncan.gc.ca; For information on
Environment Canada, visit http://www.ec.gc.ca

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