McGuinty Government Supports Clean Energy Projects In Northern Ontario

    Projects Will Help Make Ontario A Leader In Cleaner Energy Generation

    ATIKOKAN, ON, Sept. 5 /CNW/ - The McGuinty government is promoting the
development of cleaner electricity generation in Ontario by investing $4
million in the Atikokan Bio-Energy Research Centre to support six innovative
projects that will include research and testing in northern Ontario, Bill
Mauro, MPP for Thunder Bay-Atikokan announced today on behalf of Energy
Minister Dwight Duncan.
    "These projects will help us develop the technologies to make Ontario a
leader in cleaner energy," said Mauro. "Producing electricity from bio-energy
sources can reduce air pollutants and greenhouse gas emissions while providing
new economic opportunities that will strengthen our communities in northern
    The six projects will be directed by researchers from Ontario
universities and colleges and will receive additional financial or in-kind
support from partner companies in the industrial sector.
    "These projects will provide a number of benefits to our region and to
the rest of Ontario," said Mayor Dennis Brown of the Township of Atikokan.
"Every project has the potential to provide new economic opportunities to
northwestern Ontario, while also providing training to students, increasing
our expertise in bio-energy and helping to create a competitive commercial
advantage for Ontario-based companies."
    The Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE), an organization that connects
academia and industry to bring innovations to market, is managing the program
on behalf of the Ministry of Energy. OCE has issued offers of funding through
the Atikokan Bio-Energy Research Centre for six research projects.

    The selected projects cover a range of practical, applied research topics
in the field of bio-energy:

    -   Direct and indirect methods of co-firing peat and forest biomass with
        coal (Lakehead University);
    -   Assessing the environmental impacts of peat as a potential energy
        source (Lakehead University);
    -   Maximizing the economic benefit of utilizing wood biomass for energy
        production (Lakehead University and Confederation College);
    -   Optimizing power plant combustion processes for co-fired biomass
        fuels (McMaster University, University of Toronto);
    -   New technology to monitor mercury emissions (University of Toronto);
    -   Enhancing the capacity in Northwestern Ontario to develop a
        sustainable wood pellet industry (Queen's University).

    It is expected that research will begin this fall.

    The McGuinty government is committed to addressing climate change and
building a more sustainable energy future for Ontario by supporting
investments of up to $15 billion in clean and green energy supply,
conservation and investments in Ontario's transmission system.

    Disponible en français.



For further information:

For further information: Steve Erwin, Minister's Office, (416) 327-3546;
Sylvia Kovesfalvi, Communications Branch, (416) 327-4334

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