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November 26, 2010

Partnership Commits $9 Million to Upgrade Medicine Hat’s Power Plant

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A new $9 million initiative by the Alberta government, the City of Medicine Hat and the Climate Change Emissions Management Corporation (CCEMC), aims to enhance Medicine Hat’s power plant by adding a solar-powered steam generation system. The steam produced will help turn the plant’s turbines using a renewable energy source.

“Medicine Hat is proud to house such an important project in the continued exploration of renewable energy sources,” said Medicine Hat Mayor Norm Boucher.
Currently, the plant generates power for Medicine Hat, Dunmore, Redcliff, Veinerville and other nearby rural areas.

“Alberta has once again set a benchmark for developing energy efficiency technology that will help secure a clean energy future,” said Minister of Alberta Environment and MLA for Medicine Hat Rob Renner. “This is another step forward in our efforts to reduce greenhouse gases at the source here in Alberta.”

The City of Medicine Hat is putting $3 million aside for the project and the government of Alberta is using $3 million from the Canadian ecoTrust program.

The other $3 million comes from Alberta’s Climate Change and Emissions Management Fund, which is administered by the Climate Change Emissions Management Corporation (CCEMC). This Fund is part of Alberta’s emission reduction regulations. Companies that don’t meet greenhouse gas emissions standards pay $15 for every tonne  exceeding the limit. The government collects the money and the CCEMC puts it into projects supporting emission reduction technologies to help Alberta adapt to climate change.

“Funding projects like this is one way we can support efforts to develop clean technology and help achieve Alberta’s climate change targets,” said Eric Newell, Chair of the Climate Change and Emissions Management Corporation. “The Medicine Hat Concentrating Solar Thermal project will help us understand how this innovative commercial technology might be applied in northern climates.”

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This article is courtesy of Chase McGowan, a student at the University of Alberta.


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