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June 28, 2011 14:00 ET

Government of Canada Invests in Wind Energy in Southern Ontario

CHATHAM, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - June 28, 2011) - With the official opening of a new wind farm in Chatham today and an investment from the Government of Canada, Ontario's clean energy industry is continuing to grow. Dave Van Kesteren, Member of Parliament for Chatham-Kent-Essex, on behalf of the Honourable Joe Oliver, Minister of Natural Resources, announced today the ecoENERGY for Renewable Power program is delivering an investment of up to $31 million over ten years to the Kruger Energy Chatham Wind Project.

"Our investment in the Kruger wind farm demonstrates the Government of Canada's commitment to increasing the supply of clean, renewable energy to Canadians," said MP Van Kesteren. "This project is an innovative example of a clean energy project supporting high-quality jobs and a sustainable energy source for Ontario's future."

The Kruger Energy Chatham Wind Project, located on the shores of Lake Erie, consists of 44 wind turbines and is expected to produce enough energy per year to power about 30,000 homes in Ontario. Electricity produced from this farm will help to provide environmental and economic benefits to local communities.

"Kruger Energy is proud to be at the forefront of wind power development in Canada," said Jean Roy, Vice President and General Manager, Kruger Energy. "Through programs such as ecoENERGY for Renewable Power, the Government of Canada is strongly committed to increasing our supply of clean energy and we look forward to developing more projects that will bring environmental and economic benefits to all Canadians."

The $1.5-billion ecoENERGY for Renewable Power program provides a one cent per kilowatt-hour incentive over ten years, with the goal of increasing Canada's renewable electricity capacity by more than 4,000 megawatts — enough to power one million homes. Canada's Economic Action Plan provided an additional $2.4 billion to support the development and deployment of cleaner energy technologies and supporting infrastructure, including the Clean Energy Fund and the Green Infrastructure

Fund. Budget 2011 announced an additional $870 million over two years to address climate change and air quality.

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Southern Ontario is now benefiting from a new source of renewable energy, thanks to an investment by the Government of Canada. MP Van Kesteren, on behalf of the Honourable Joe Oliver, Minister of Natural Resources, announced today that the Kruger Energy Chatham Wind Project will receive up to $31 million through the ecoENERGY for Renewable Power program.

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