Natural Resources Minister Lisa Raitt and GreenField Ethanol Open Canada's Largest Ethanol Production Plant



    
    Johnstown plant to produce up to 200 million litres of clean fuel each
    year
    

    JOHNSTOWN, ON, Sept. 9 /CNW Telbec/ - Today, Natural Resources Minister
Lisa Raitt attended the grand opening of GreenField Ethanol's new plant in
Johnstown, Ontario, which is expected to produce up to 200 million litres of
ethanol each year. GreenField Ethanol is Canada's leading ethanol producer,
and the Johnstown facility, the largest of its kind in Canada, will
potentially grow the local economy by more than $200 million, directly
benefiting the Johnstown area farmers producing the corn needed to create
ethanol.
    "Ethanol is clean, efficient and renewable, making it an important
alternate fuel option," said Natural Resources Minister Lisa Raitt. "The
Government of Canada's investment of up to $117.5 million in this facility
demonstrates our commitment to help create and sustain local jobs and economic
opportunities while creating a healthier environment for all Canadians."
    "With the new Johnstown plant, GreenField Ethanol continues to broaden
Canadians' fuel choices," said Greenfield Ethanol Chairman and Founder Kenneth
Field. "It is a significant step for ethanol adoption and, in turn, greenhouse
gas reduction. And because it's made in Canada, it reduces our dependence on
foreign produced oil while creating much needed jobs, making this plant
opening a win-win for all Canadians."
    Ethanol is commercially produced from renewable agriculture crops such as
surplus corn and has a strong future in Canada. In fact, the federal
government has mandated gasoline to contain an average of five per cent
ethanol by 2010. This is significant, because the National Resources Canada's
GH Genius model shows that corn ethanol, when blended with gasoline for
transportation fuel, reduces greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) by up to 40 per
cent compared to gasoline. The gasoline shift in 2010 will be equivalent to
removing one million cars from Canada's roads every year.
    GreenField Ethanol is currently leading in the research and development
of next generation cellulosic ethanol. Cellulosic ethanol has the potential to
reduce GHGs by up to 87 per cent according to the US Department of Energy's
GREET model.

    
    About GreenField Ethanol
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    GreenField Ethanol Inc. is Canada's leading ethanol producer. The company
produces more than 500 million litres a year of fuel ethanol at its plants in
Johnstown, Chatham and Tiverton, Ontario and Varennes, Quebec. GreenField's
ethanol is available at more than 1,300 gas stations across Canada. Ethanol
projects in development include Hensall, Ontario; the development of
biochemical process technology to produce cellulosic ethanol at its state of
the art research facilities in Chatham, Ontario; and a development partnership
with Enerkem Inc. to build thermochemical cellulosic ethanol plants. For more
information, visit www.greenfieldethanol.com.

    
    About Ethanol
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    Ethanol is a renewable transportation fuel made from grains such as corn
and wheat, or from the cellulose fibres found in biomass including
agricultural, municipal and forestry waste. Ethanol is affordable and offers
unique environmental benefits. According to latest studies, corn ethanol
reduces greenhouse gas emissions (GHGs) by 40 to 60 per cent compared to
gasoline. Cellulosic ethanol has the potential to reduce GHGs by up to 87 per
cent according to the US Department of Energy's GREET model. The federal
government's commitment to requiring gasoline to contain an average of five
per cent ethanol by 2010 will bring GHG reductions equivalent to removing one
million cars from Canada's highways each and every year.

    
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For further information:

For further information: Jennifer Brown, Weber Shandwick, (613)
454-5252, jennbrown@webershandwick.com; Jocelyne Turner, Press Secretary,
Office of the Minister, Natural Resources Canada, Ottawa, (613) 996-2007

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