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March 18, 2011 10:30 ET

Government of Canada Invests in Renewable Energy Projects in Quebec

SAGUENAY, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - March 18, 2011) - The Honourable Jean-Pierre Blackburn, Minister of Veterans Affairs and Member of Parliament for Jonquière–Alma, today announced funding for two hydroelectric dams in the City of Saguenay. The ecoENERGY for Renewable Power program is expected to provide about $6.9 million over ten years to the city for the two dams, Centrale Chute-Garneau and Centrale Pont-Arnaud.

"Investing in clean energy technologies stimulates the growth of a domestic clean energy industry, creating high-quality jobs for Canadians," said Minister Blackburn.

Both hydro projects have been refurbished and are expected to be commissioned later this month. The Pont-Arnaud and Chute-Garneau projects have a combined capacity of more than 13 megawatts and are capable of generating enough electricity to power more than 7000 homes. The electricity produced will be sold to Hydro-Québec.

Since 2006, the Government of Canada has invested more than $10 billion to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and build a more sustainable environment through investments in green infrastructure, energy efficiency, clean energy technologies and the production of cleaner energy and cleaner fuels.

The Government has developed a broad suite of policies and programs to contribute to reducing greenhouse gas emissions by 17 percent below 2005 levels by 2020 — a target aligned with that of the United States.

"Moving forward aggressively with investments in clean energy technologies will help us balance our need for energy with our need to protect the environment," said Minister Blackburn.

Today's announcement builds on the success of many initiatives, helping to sustain and enhance Canada's clean energy industry.

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Veterans Affairs Minister Jean-Pierre Blackburn announced today that the Government of Canada is investing about $6.9 million over 10 years in the Centrale Chute-Garneau and Centrale Pont-Arnaud hydro projects located in Saguenay, Quebec. The funding, made through the ecoENERGY for Renewable Power program, will help boost Canada's clean energy industry and reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

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