Governments of Canada and British Columbia Invest in Renewable Energy Project
Thursday, 24 February 2011
February 24, 2011, Vancouver, British Columbia- A total of $11.2 million in federal-provincial funding will help the University of British Columbia (UBC) undertake a clean heat and power project. The announcement was made today by the Honourable Lynne Yelich, Minister of State for Western Economic Diversification, and the Honourable John Yap, BC Minister of State for Climate Action.
“Investing in clean energy technologies stimulates the growth of a domestic clean energy industry, creating high-quality jobs for Canadians,” said Minister Yelich. “Moving forward aggressively with investments in clean energy technologies will help us balance our need for energy with our need to protect the environment.”
With the goal of reducing its reliance on traditional methods of energy consumption, UBC has partnered with Nexterra and GE Energy to provide the innovative technology needed to generate clean heat and power from local, renewable wood fuel. This biomass demonstration project, the first of its kind in North America, will produce about 1.9 megawatts of electricity — enough to power approximately 1,600 homes. The project will also reduce UBC’s greenhouse gas emissions by about 5,000 tonnes annually.
“This is an incredible example of partnership that helps establish British Columbia as a leader in the development of creative energy solutions,” said Minister Yap. “The UBC project shows we can build momentum in the clean energy sector and create new economic activity while reducing the carbon footprint left by our public buildings.”
“This project is an example of UBC’s concept of the university as a living laboratory for research, action and leadership on global sustainability issues,” said UBC President Stephen Toope. “With this crucial support from government, UBC will generate clean steam and electricity, provide valuable new knowledge for the clean energy sector and inform new global standards for bioenergy system performance.”
The $11.2 million in federal–provincial funding is from Natural Resources Canada, Western Economic Diversification Canada and the British Columbia Ministry of Forests, Mines and Land.
Today’s investment is just one example of the broad suite of policies and programs the Government of Canada has developed to contribute to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 17 percent below 2005 levels by 2020 — a target aligned with that of the United States.