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CBJ meets with the Minister of Natural Resources on Clean Energy

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On January 11, 2010, CBJ was invited to meet with Canada’s Minister of Natural Resources, the Honourable List Raitt, to discuss the Government of Canada’s Economic Action Plan—an investment in renewable energy projects which will create jobs, improve the environment and stimulate the Canadian economy.

The Minister met at the headquarters for Enbridge Gas Distribution Inc. in North York, Ontario to announced support for 19 projects under the Clean Energy Fund. The Fund will mean up to $146 million in support of the demonstration of renewable and clean energy across the country, including integrated community energy solutions, smart grid technology, and renewable applications with solar, wind, tidal and geothermal energy.

Minister Raitt was joined by Janet Holder, President, Enbridge Gas Distribution Inc. at the company’s North York facility.

“Investments in clean energy technologies are a key part of our approach to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and improving the environment,” said Minister Raitt. “Canada’s Economic Action Plan is investing in 19 innovative projects that will help bring Canada to the forefront of clean energy technology, while creating high-quality jobs for Canadians.”

“The Government of Canada and Natural Resources Canada’s ongoing commitment to clean energy continues to advance tangible projects across the country,” said Ms. Holder. “Projects such as our global first hybrid fuel cell project would not have been possible without this kind of support.”

The Clean Energy Fund is investing nearly $1 billion into Canadian technology development and demonstration. Total investments under the Clean Energy Fund for large and small demonstration projects are benefiting Canada’s economy by leveraging nearly $3.5 billion in further investments by industry and other levels of government.

Part of the Government of Canada’s Economic Action Plan, the Clean Energy Fund is generating new economic activity in the short term, while strengthening the foundation for sustainable prosperity in the future. The Economic Action Plan includes new measures totalling almost $2.4 billion to support a cleaner and more sustainable environment and help meet Canada’s climate change objectives.

Atlantic Canada

CBJ wasn’t there for this, but the following day, the government continued on its mission of educating the public about their prioritization of Clean Energy. The Honourable Peter MacKay, Minister of National Defence and Minister for the Atlantic Gateway, unveiled four successful clean energy projects under the Clean Energy Fund at the Trenton Power Plant. Minister MacKay was joined by representatives of the successful projects from Nova Scotia Power, New Brunswick Power, the Wind Energy Institute of Canada and the Fundy Ocean Research Centre for Energy.

“Investments in clean energy technologies are a key part of our balanced approach to reducing greenhouse gas emissions and climate change,” said Minister MacKay. “Canada’s Economic Action Plan is investing in four clean energy projects in Atlantic Canada, which will help demonstrate our expertise in clean energy technology innovation while creating high-quality jobs for Canadians.” CBJ

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