Green Municipal Fund commits $12,750 grant to the City of Brockville to study energy cogeneration in its wastewater treatment plant

    KINGSTON, ON, Jan. 17 /CNW Telbec/ - City of Kingston Councillor Leonore
Foster, a member of the National Board of Directors of the Federation of
Canadian Municipalities (FCM), and Mr. Gord Brown, Member of Parliament for
Leeds-Grenville, acting on behalf of the Honourable John Baird, Minister of
the Environment, announced today a $12,750 Green Municipal Fund (GMF) grant to
the City of Brockville. The City invested the grant in a feasibility study on
implementing an energy cogeneration system for its upgraded wastewater
treatment plant.
    "FCM's Green Municipal Fund offers a range of resources and services that
specifically address the sustainable community development needs of municipal
governments," said Councillor Leonore Foster. "The financing and knowledge
provided by the Fund supports the development of communities that are more
environmentally, socially and economically sustainable."
    "Sustainable communities are the foundation of a sustainable nation. And
that's a goal that we all share," said Gord Brown, Member of Parliament.
"Through the Green Municipal Fund, the Government of Canada is assisting
municipalities across the country to deliver results. Projects such as this
help to ensure a cleaner and healthier environment for Canadians."
    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.
    The City of Brockville's wastewater treatment feasibility study reviewed
cogeneration technology options such as reciprocating engines, exhaust gas hot
water boilers, gas turbine generators, micro-turbines and fuel cells. Based on
this analysis, the City of Brockville is about to develop new wastewater
treatment infrastructure that will include secondary treatment, potential
septage receiving equipment, and a cogeneration system. The cogeneration
system will use digester gas to generate heat and electricity to meet the
requirements of the City's wastewater treatment plant. The cogeneration
component in this project is innovative as the minimum population size to make
cogeneration economically feasible is typically 30,000. Brockville's current
population is 22,000.
    "The good news is the small population cogeneration system will take
advantage of the secondary wastewater treatment process and local septage to
generate heat and electricity for the wastewater treatment plant," said City
of Brockville Mayor David Henderson. "This will cut the plant's need for
energy produced from fossil fuels, thereby reducing greenhouse gas emissions."
    "In addition, new wastewater treatment septage receiving capabilities in
the City of Brockville will eliminate the need for septage to be transported
to municipal treatment facilities in Ottawa and Kingston. This will stop the
greenhouse gas emissions associated with septage haulage as well as cut the
high pump out fees associated with this form of waste transportation."

    FCM has been the national voice of municipal governments since 1901. It
is dedicated to improving the quality of life in communities by promoting
strong, effective and accountable municipal government.

    For information on the City of Brockville, visit

    For information on the Green Municipal Fund, including details of other
    approved projects and studies, visit

    For information on the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, visit

    For information on Environment Canada, visit

For further information:

For further information: Conal Cosgrove, Director of Operations, City of
Brockville, (613) 342-8772, extension 8205, Fax: (613) 342-5035,; Green Municipal Fund: Raymond Sullivan,
Communications Manager, Centre for Sustainable Community Development,
Federation of Canadian Municipalities, (613) 907-6294, Fax: (613) 244-1515,; Eric Richer, Press Secretary, Minister's Office, Environment
Canada, (819) 997-1441, Fax: (819) 953-0279,

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