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Province Invests In Biomass Energy Project

Government Supports Feasibility Study In Blind River

SUDBURY - The McGuinty government is helping explore alternative power production opportunities along the North Shore by supporting a biomass energy generation feasibility study in Blind River and area, Northern Development and Mines Minister Rick Bartolucci announced today.

"Our government recognizes the need to find practical solutions to meet renewable energy demands," said Bartolucci. "We are pleased to support partnerships among the communities, First Nations and the private sector aimed at identifying and pursuing new economic development initiatives and energy solutions in the North."

The Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC) is providing $100,000 to a partnership between the Town of Blind River, Misswezahging Development Corporation and Powerhouse Energy Inc. to study the feasibility of building and operating as many as three 10-megawatt biomass energy generation plants in and around Blind River.

"This project merits our support because the potential benefits to the area could be substantial if it can be brought to a successful conclusion," said Bartolucci, who also chairs the NOHFC. "It would not only utilize existing waste materials to generate energy and encourage other economic developments, but would also create long-term jobs and generate wealth throughout the community."

This is just one more example of how, working together, Ontarians have achieved results in the Algoma area.  Other examples include:

•    Providing $47,500 to the Township of Chapleau to complete a business plan for the possible establishment of a bio-energy processing facility

•    Providing $2,900 to Whispering Winds Resort north of Thessalon to acquire a solar power system to reduce operating costs

•    Contributing $25,000 to the Township of Tarbutt and Tarbutt Additional to complete a wind resource assessment study.

These initiatives are part of the government's Northern Prosperity Plan. It has four pillars: Strengthening the North and its Communities; Listening to and Serving Northerners Better; Competing Globally; and Providing Opportunities for All.

Laura Blondeau
MNDM - Sudbury
(705) 564-7454    

Michel Lavoie
MNDM - Sudbury
(705) 564-7125



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