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Alberta Pumps Up Incentive Program For Bioenergy Facilities

In an effort promote manufacturing of more clean energy products and technologies the Alberta government is expanding and extending an incentive program for producers of bioenergy products.

Funding under the Bioenergy Producer Credit Program is extended for five years until 2016. The government said the program will help Alberta meet its climate change targets by reducing emissions while also providing value-added opportunities and long-term stability to Alberta's agriculture and forestry industries. The program provides incentives to develop a wide variety of bioenergy products including fuels, power and heat, which will support the Renewable Fuels Standard to be implemented in April 2011.

Alberta's current bioenergy program treats all ethanol equally. The extended program focuses on the great potential for second generation ethanol, which uses feedstocks like forestry, agricultural and municipal waste. Specifically, the program will encourage development of new technologies and facilities that use non-food crops, waste biomass or wood.

"Extension of the Bioenergy Producer Credit Program in combination with the Renewable Fuels Standard positions Alberta as a leader in renewable and alternative energy," said Minister of Energy Ron Liepert, in a press statement.

"Our $150 million investment to date in bioenergy has the potential to leverage up to $2 billion from the private sector. The program extension will help companies meet the March 31 application deadline for federal programs."

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