Natural Resources Canada awards Methes in ecoEnergy for Biofuels program

By Susanne Retka Schill | September 18, 2009
Posted September 29, 2009

Ontario biodiesel producer, Methes Energies Canada Inc. learned Sept. 28 that it will receive up to $5.4 million through the Natural Resources Canada program ecoENERGY for Biofuels. "Our government is delivering results for families and workers in Mississauga by encouraging clean energy development," said the Minister of Natural Resources Lisa Raitt. "By investing in this project, we are helping to create and sustain local jobs and economic opportunities now, when they're needed the most."

Earlier Methes Energies announced it had signed a contribution agreement with Natural Resources Canada to provide the maximum $5.4 million subsidy over a period of seven years, ending in 2015. Methes' operates a 5 MMly facility in Mississauga, Ontario.

The ecoENERGY for Biofuels Program supports the production of renewable alternatives to gasoline and diesel, as well as encourages the development of a competitive domestic industry for renewable fuels. The program provides an operating incentive to facilities that produce renewable alternatives to gasoline and diesel in Canada. Established in late 2007, the program offers an incentive of up to 20 cents per liter for biodiesel in the first three years and declining thereafter, and an incentive of up to 10 cents per liter for ethanol for three years and declining thereafter.

Through the ecoENERGY for Biofuels Program, the Government of Canada will invest up to $ 1.5 billion (Canadian dollars) over a period of nine years in support of biofuel production in Canada. The Government of Canada's Economic Action Plan also dedicates $1 billion to the Clean Energy Fund and $1 billion for the Green Infrastructure Fund to provide additional economic stimulus while promoting a cleaner, more sustainable energy future for Canadians.

Natural Resources Canada is planning three national roundtables involving provinces and territories, industry, researchers and the financial community to discuss strategies for securing a strong energy economy in the long term. The first national roundtable scheduled for Oct. 23 in Milton, Ontario, will focus on integrated community energy solutions. "The movement towards a clean energy future for Canada is plain for all to see, with tremendous growth or leading-edge development of new technologies," Raitt said. "Our Government is working to keep the momentum going strong, and these roundtables will ensure that all the key stakeholders play a part in determining the best path for our energy future."

Visit Natural Resources Canada's ecoAction Web site for more information about the ecoEnergy for Biofuels Initiative
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