Johnson Controls and Nexterra Energy Form Strategic Alliance to Offer Biomass Gasification Systems

    VANCOUVER and MILWAUKEE, WI, Oct. 11 /CNW/ - Johnson Controls, Inc.
(NYSE:   JCI - News), a global leader in facility management and control, has
formed a strategic alliance with Vancouver-based Nexterra Energy Corp. to
offer Nexterra's biomass gasification solutions to Johnson Controls customers,
including higher education, health care, government facilities and industrial
    Nexterra's patented gasification technology converts biomass into clean
burning syngas that can be used to displace natural gas or fuel oil to
generate heat and/or electricity. Under the strategic alliance agreement, the
companies will jointly develop and implement biomass gasification projects
that will enable customers to reduce energy costs, increase energy security,
lower greenhouse gas emissions and become less reliant on fossil fuel by using
locally sourced, renewable biomass fuel.
    "As the cost of fossil fuels such as oil and natural gas increase and
concern about their economic and environmental impacts grow, businesses and
institutions are demanding alternative sources of clean energy. We selected
Nexterra because it has demonstrated that its technology is cost-effective,
versatile, easy to operate, and provides real solutions to real energy
problems," said Don Albinger, vice president of renewable energy solutions for
Johnson Controls. "Nexterra's capabilities add to a growing alliance of
innovative energy technology partners that complement our existing renewable
energy solutions and services."
    Johnson Controls uses ingenious approaches to incorporate renewable
technologies such as biomass, geothermal, solar and wind power with innovative
energy efficiency strategies to provide customers long-term sustainable
    "Johnson Controls has worked successfully with Nexterra over the past
four years," Albinger said. "Most recently we partnered with Nexterra to
provide a $20 million biomass gasification system for the University of South
Carolina that is scheduled for start-up this fall. We look forward to
replicating this gasification solution across a range of institutional and
industrial markets throughout North America."
    "Nexterra is proud that an industry leader such as Johnson Controls has
selected our technology as a key component of their renewable energy
strategy." said Jonathan Rhone, Nexterra's President and CEO. "The marketplace
is ready to commit to renewables, and Johnson Controls is well positioned to
help Nexterra fast track our solutions into the institutional market."

    About Johnson Controls - Johnson Controls (NYSE:   JCI - News) is the
global leader that brings ingenuity to the places where people live, work and
travel. By integrating technologies, products and services, we create smart
environments that redefine the relationships between people and their
surroundings. Our team of 140,000 employees creates a more comfortable, safe
and sustainable world through our products and services for more than
200 million vehicles, 12 million homes and one million commercial buildings.
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    About Nexterra Energy Corp. - Nexterra Energy is a leading developer and
supplier of advanced biomass gasification systems that enable customers to
self-generate clean, low cost heat and/or power using waste fuels "inside-the
fence" at institutional and industrial facilities. Nexterra gasification
systems provide a unique combination of attributes including design
simplicity, reliability, versatility, ultra-low emissions, low cost and full
automation to provide customers with a superior value proposition compared to
conventional solutions. Nexterra is a private company based in Vancouver, BC,
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For further information: Raymond McAllister, Director of Communications,
Nexterra Energy Corp.,, Tel: (604) 637-2507

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