Natural Resources Canada

Natural Resources Canada

February 27, 2011 13:00 ET

Harper Government Invests in Clean Energy

VARENNES, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - Feb. 27, 2011) - The Honourable Christian Paradis, Minister of Natural Resources, announced today that the Government of Canada is investing up to $63.8 million across the country to support renewable and clean energy projects that will help reduce greenhouse gas emissions. He made the announcement while visiting the Greenfield Ethanol facility in Varennes, Quebec.

"Investing in clean energy technologies stimulates the growth of a domestic clean energy industry, creating high-quality jobs for Canadians," said Minister Paradis. "Moving forward aggressively with investments in clean energy technologies will help us balance our need for energy with our need to protect the environment."

The Government of Canada announced support from the ecoENERGY for Renewable Power program for the Digby Neck Wind Farm in Nova Scotia as well as support through the Clean Energy Fund for the Cowessess First Nation's wind storage demonstration project in Saskatchewan. In British Columbia, support from Sustainable Development Technology Canada's SD Tech Fund was announced for 16 clean energy projects across the country.

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.

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

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Natural Resources Minister Christian Paradis today announced that the Government of Canada is investing up to $63.8 million across the country to support renewable and clean energy projects that will help reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

The following media backgrounder is available at www.nrcan.gc.ca/media:

Investing in Canada's Clean Energy Technology

NRCan's news releases and backgrounders are available at www.nrcan.gc.ca/media.

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