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Province releases Clean Energy Strategy

By Robin Dudgeon, Portage Daily Graphic

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The Province of Manitoba released a Clean Energy Strategy, Tuesday that hopes to make the province a leader in clean energy.

“Building on our strengths, this new plan sets the province on a course that will ensure reliable, affordable energy for future generations, reduce greenhouse-gas emissions, and maximize local economic benefits,” said Innovation, Energy and Mines Minister Dave Chomiak in a press release.

Priorities for Manitoba identified in the strategy include building a new generation of clean renewable hydro power; leading North America on energy efficiency; keeping rates low; and growing renewable energy alternatives.

“Energy plays a critical role in all our lives every day,” said Chomiak. “Energy security will become more important for future generations and the decisions we make today at the local, regional, and national level will shape our common future.”

Manitoba has already made a name for itself after a decision was made years ago to hydro generation instead of coal-fired power plants, which has resulted in a power grid that is 98 per cent renewable. Chomiak notes that fossil fuel freedom is within our grasp with the availability of technologies such as electric vehicles, and geothermal and biomass heating.

Other highlights of the strategy include:

• Canada’s first Pay as You Save (PAYS) financing program that covers upfront costs of energy efficient upgrades based on the utility cost savings

• A biomass energy support program that will help Manitoba’s remaining coal users transition to renewable and locally grown biomass energy

• Manitoba’s Electric Vehicle Road Map that will facilitate the adoption of all-electric and plug-in hybrid vehicles

• The Green Energy Equipment Tax Credit for geothermal and solar-thermal heating

Manitoba’s Clean Energy Strategy can be viewed at www.gov.mb.ca/iem

 

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