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Green Transformation Program buys new turbine generator at Grande Prairie


January 3, 2011
By Pulp & Paper Canada

The federal government is investing $32-million in Green Transformation Program funding in a new turbine generator at Weyerhaeuser’s Grande Prairie pulp mill, so the facility can better meet its own energy needs and sell excess electricity to…

The federal government is investing $32-million in Green Transformation Program funding in a new turbine generator at Weyerhaeuser’s Grande Prairie pulp mill, so the facility can better meet its own energy needs and sell excess electricity to the grid. The government of Alberta is also contributing to the project. As a result, approximately 2,800 homes will have access to carbon-neutral power.

“By supporting energy efficiency and renewable energy production, the federal government’s Pulp and Paper Green Transformation Program is a significant contribution to a green and sustainable future for Canada’s pulp and paper sector,” said Anne Giardini, president of Weyerhaeuser Company Limited. “This program helps to position Weyerhaeuser as a leader in the production of renewable energy from forest biomass.”

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“The support shown by Canada with this investment, together with the support from Alberta for this new turbine generator, has served as a catalyst for additional investment at the Grande Prairie mill that will result in the generation of even more renewable energy,” added Giardini.

The total value of the turbine generator project is approximately $50 million. The Government of Alberta is contributing $4.5 million and Weyerhaeuser is investing the remaining amount.

“Alberta’s bioenergy programs support companies like Weyerhaeuser as they improve their environmental performance and increase their production of renewable energy,” said Wayne Drysdale, Member of the Legislative Assembly for Grande Prairie-Wapiti.


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