FCM's Green Municipal Fund Supports Renewable Energy Production by Committing $2,970,000 to the Regional County Municipality of Minganie to Help Finance the Magpie Hydroelectric Generating Station

    RIVIERE-SAINT-JEAN, QC, June 20 /CNW Telbec/ - Jean Perrault, President
of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) and Mayor of the City of
Sherbrooke, and the Honourable Gary Lunn, Minister of Natural Resources,
announced today a $2,970,000 Green Municipal Fund loan to the Regional County
Municipality of Minganie to help finance the construction of the recently
completed Magpie Hydroelectric Generating Station. This run-of-river
hydroelectric generating station, which replaces an abandoned hydroelectric
facility located on the Magpie River in the Village of Rivière-Saint-Jean,
will serve as a producer of clean and renewable energy for the region.
    "FCM's Green Municipal Fund offers a range of resources and services that
specifically address the sustainable community development needs of municipal
governments," said FCM President Perrault. "The financing and knowledge
provided by the Fund supports the development of communities that are more
environmentally, socially and economically sustainable."
    "Through the Green Municipal Fund, the Government of Canada is assisting
municipalities across the country to ensure a cleaner and healthier
environment for Canadians," said Minister Lunn. "With the state-of-the-art and
energy efficient Magpie Hydroelectric Generating Station Minganie is
demonstrating real environmental leadership, setting an excellent example for
all of us."
    The new hydroelectric generating station represents the renewal of a site
closed in 1989. Its renewable energy production is 40.6 megawatts, which
represents an increase of more than 38 megawatts by comparison with the former
two-megawatt facility. Magpie will provide power for about 18,000 homes.
    "The Magpie Hydroelectric Generating Station is the result of a
partnership between the Regional County Municipality of Minganie and Hydroméga
Services Incorporated that will be beneficial for all Minganie residents",
says Municipality Prefect Pierre Cormier. "Magpie will supply renewable energy
that will light and heat many homes in Minganie. And it will do this while
saving what the Regional County Municipality estimates would be 62,858 tonnes
of carbon dioxide equivalent greenhouse gas emissions into our local
environment every year."
    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: Regional County Municipality of Minganie:
Michel Corriveau, Multidées Communication, (450) 975-1052, extension 504,
Cell: (514) 898-0807, Fax: (450) 975-1210, mcorriveau@multidees.ca; Green
Municipal Fund: Raymond Sullivan, Communications Manager, Centre for
Sustainable Community Development, Federation of Canadian Municipalities,
(613) 907-6294, Fax: (613) 244-1515, rsullivan@fcm.ca; Natural Resources
Canada: Louise Girouard, Director of Communications, Minister's Office,
Natural Resources Canada, (613) 996-2007, Fax: (613) 943-0663; For information
on the Regional County Municipality of Minganie, visit
http://mrc.minganie.org; For information on the Federation of Canadian
Municipalities, visit http://www.fcm.ca; For information on the Green
Municipal Fund, including details of other approved projects and studies,
visit http://www.sustainablecommunities.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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