31 energy producers in Alberta that supply electricity, biofuels, and heat or wood pellets have received $58 million in provincial funding to help reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The project is called the Bioenergy Producer Program.
One of the grant recipients is the electricity supplier Lethbridge Biogas LP, which received $1,854,000 from the program. Commenting on the importance of the grant to them, Lethbridge director of operations Stefan Michalski said:
“We are excited to hear that bioenergy’s role in the fight against climate change is recognized. This money is important to support biogas facilities like ours and to keep Albertans working as we build a self-sustainable, lower-carbon future.”
Basically, the grants are based on production, which means that the amount each company receives corresponds to the amount of bioenergy it generates. Also, all types of bioenergy are funded at similar rates.
Explaining the goals of the program, environment minister of Alberta Shannon Phillips said:
“Bioenergy producers are job creators and technology innovators. The Alberta government is committed to supporting them, their employees and local economies as we diversify our energy sector, boost our economy and reduce emissions in Alberta.”
Moreover, the government said the program is going to offer 500 direct jobs to help boost employment in the province.