Bioenergy gets a boost with government grant
By Marg McCuaig-Boyd, MLA for Dunvegan-Central Peace-Notley and Minister of Energy.
With your Alberta Government being focused on setting up Alberta for a greener, future focused energy supply, I wanted to share with you some great news. This month our Government is giving 31 bioenergy companies short-term funding to support the low-carbon industry. Bioenergy is low-carbon energy or fuel made from agricultural products such as crops and livestock waste.
The $60-million Bioenergy Producer Program will support 500 direct jobs and is part of a larger effort to help companies succeed in Alberta‘s low-carbon future. Alberta‘s bioenergy industry powers the equivalent of 200,000 homes using wood pellets, biogas and liquid biofuels. The industry contributes about $800 million to Alberta‘s economy.
As we all know, here in the North we are known for our sense of ingenuity and our sense of community. This Bioenergy grant helps showcase just both of those characteristics.
Of the facilities getting money, three are under construction, meaning new jobs and over $200 million in new investment to the province.
The grants will help keep 1.5 megatonnes of emissions out of the air.
The grant recipients all produce biofuels, electricity, heat or wood pellets that help make real greenhouse gas reductions in Alberta. The grants are production-based, meaning money is provided based on how much bioenergy each company generates. All types of bioenergy are funded at the same rate.
Now although none of the 31 companies are located within our constituency, many of them are our Northern friends with multiple companies in Grande Prairie, Manning, High Prairie, and Slave Lake. With these companies being in our "neighbors’ backyard" so to speak, it will most definitely have a positive effect on our region. As we all know, here in the North we are known for our sense of ingenuity and our sense of community. This Bioenergy grant helps showcase just both of those characteristics.
For more information please visit http://aep.alberta.ca/climate-change/programs-and-services/bioenergy-producer-program.aspx.
First published in the Fairview Post, Feb. 15, 2017.