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March 18, 2005 18:02 ET

University of Regina: Conference Finds Opportunity in Saskatchewan's Energy Future


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University of Regina: Conference Finds Opportunity in
Saskatchewan's Energy Future

REGINA, SASKATCHEWAN--(CCNMatthews - March 18, 2005) - Co-operation
between public, private and scientific sectors is the key to developing
a broad range of environmentally acceptable energy resources that will
fuel Saskatchewan's economy 50 years into the future, according to a
think-tank conference held in Regina this week.

The two-day conference - titled "Saskatchewan's Energy Future: New
Models for a carbon-restrained environment" - was hosted by the
University of Regina's new Centre for Studies in Energy and Environment.
It engaged provincial and federal government officials, international
energy industry representatives and researchers to explore the fit
between existing and emerging energy sources, and the social and
economic future of the province.

Malcolm Wilson, director of the University of Regina's newly-established
Centre for Studies in Energy and Environment, said the main outcome of
the conference is the establishment of a dialogue group to promote
discussion of broad ranging energy issues. Such issues include the
social and environmental issues surrounding energy development and
economic growth in the province.

The dialogue group will engage industry, government and interest groups
to begin looking at opportunities and at the next steps necessary to
create a future that makes optimum use of both non-renewable and
renewable resources.

"The goal here is to reach agreement on new opportunities and determine
the requirements to encourage this development," said Wilson. "The
dialogue will lead to another conference a year from now, to bring the
larger group back together. If successful, the dialogue could continue
to identify opportunities and provide the research necessary to make
advances economically in Saskatchewan."

Jeff Allison, President of HTC Hydrogen Thermochem Corp., said the
Centre for Studies in Energy and Environment is becoming well known in
the world energy business. "The Centre positions the University of
Regina, and the province of Saskatchewan, as world leaders in
alternative energy, CO2 capture and CO2 sequestration technologies.
These technologies will contribute to a sustainable energy future,
economic growth and worldwide commercialization opportunities."

The conference promoted dialogue on two primary fronts:

- the potential to continue the development of the provincial energy
economy in a changing physical and economic environment. The developing
energy economy would be constrained by the need to manage carbon
emissions and be socially and environmentally acceptable.

- input to government on the policy needs to make development happen,
and to encourage the synergies within industry that will promote energy
development.

Conference participants stressed that issues related to the federal
Kyoto commitments will not drive the continuing dialogue, nor will it be
a debate around the current government policy.

"This is not about the need to make changes for short-term
business-as-usual energy development," said Wilson. "It is about how
Saskatchewan can meet its energy needs and prosper in the future, and
how industry can also prosper by being part of that energy future.

"The University, as part of its commitment to strengthening its ties to
the community, is willing to play a role in ensuring this debate
continues and to providing whatever research support it can to make this
happen.

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Contact Information

  • FOR FURTHER INFORMATION PLEASE CONTACT:
    University of Regina
    Malcolm Wilson
    (306) 337-2287
    or
    University of Regina
    Bob Schad
    (306) 585-2349
    or
    University of Regina
    Victoria Muzychuk
    (306) 337-2296
    or
    University of Regina
    Jim Duggleby
    (306) 585-5439 or Cell: (306) 536-4312
    (306) 585-4997 (FAX)
    Email: james.duggleby@uregina.ca