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ecoTrust for the Provinces

National: $1,500 million (announced: Feb 12, 2007)

Quebec $349.9 million
Manitoba $53.8 million
Ontario $586.2 million
Alberta $155.9 million
North West Terr. $5 million
BC $199.3 million
Rest of Canada $149.9 million

BC: $199.3 million (announced: March 13, 2007)
British Columbia’s funding under the Canada ecoTrust is intended to support projects consistent with British Columbia’s plan to reduce carbon and greenhouse gas emissions by 33 per cent from current levels by 2020, roughly 23 million tonnes of carbon dioxide or equivalent below current levels. The government of British Columbia has indicated that it will use the Canada ecoTrust funding to move forward on several provincial projects, which may include:
> Extracting energy from sawmill scrap and wood infested with pine beetles;
> Providing clean electricity to remote rural areas now fuelled by dirty diesel, such as electrification of Highway 37;
> Support for the development of a “hydrogen highway,” a network of hydrogen fuelling stations for fuel celled buses and vehicles; and
> Support for new geothermal and bioenergy projects, including the capture of biogas from landfill sites.

North West Terr: $5 million (announced: March 11, 2007)
The government of the Northwest Territories has indicated it will use the funding to move forward on projects that may include:
> The development of hydro resources
> Energy conservation activities
> Energy efficiency financing program establishment of alternative energy projects
> Use of residential heating systems
> Surplus hydro capacity to heat public buildings

Alberta: $155.9 million (announced: March 8, 2007)
The Government of Alberta will use the funding to move forward on several clean-energy related projects, which may include support for:
> identifying the opportunities and addressing the challenges associated with developing a large-scale carbon dioxide capture and storage system, to capture and transport CO2 for use in enhanced oil recovery or for underground capture and storage. These projects will be undertaken in association with the work to be done by the joint Canada-Alberta ecoENERGY Carbon Capture and Storage Task Force;
> supporting a Clean Coal Front End Engineering Design (FEED) project as the first step towards creating a coal-fired electricity generation facility capable of near-zero emissions;
> a waste-to-energy project in Edmonton to convert municipal waste into electricity. In addition to developing environmentally-responsible and economic alternatives to landfills for municipal waste disposal, this project may also demonstrate the potential for the production of fuels and energy from agricultural and forestry waste; and
> a Hydrocarbon Upgrading Demonstration Program, which will invest funding in projects that explore commercial opportunities to upgrade Alberta energy resources into other consumer products, while minimizing environmental impacts.

Ontario: $586.2 million (announced: March 6, 2007)
Ontario’s funding under the Canada ecoTrust is intended to support projects that will result in measurable reductions in greenhouse gas emissions, such as increasing Ontario’s supply of clean and renewable electricity. It will also support Ontario’s plans to phase out its remaining coal fired generating stations. Ontario anticipates that the closure of these coal fired power plants would result in emissions reductions of up to 30 million tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions.

The Ontario government has indicated it will use the Canada ecoTrust funding to move forward on clean-energy related projects such as expedited investment in constructing an East-West electrical transmission interconnect with Manitoba, allowing for the importation of clean hydroelectric power.

Manitoba: $53.8 million (announced: March 3, 2007)
Manitoba’s funding under the Canada ecoTrust is intended to support projects consistent with Manitoba’s climate change action plan. When combined with existing and new provincial initiatives, this funding will help Manitoba reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by 2 megatons.

The government of Manitoba has indicated that it will use Canada ecoTrust funding to move forward on several provincial projects, which may include:
> expanding Manitoba’s low-income energy efficiency program into additional communities, adding to the 300 megawatts saved to date through conservation efforts;
> supporting the creation of new biodiesel plants in rural Manitoba;
> increasing Manitoba’s portfolio of renewable energy to include solar power and bio-gas; and,
> dedicating part of the fund to Manitoba’s portion of an east-west Power Grid.

Quebec: $349.9 million (announced: Feb 12, 2007)
The Government of Quebec has indicated that it will use the Canada ecoTrust funding to move forward on several provincial projects which may include:
Investments to improve access to new technologies for the trucking sector;
> a program to develop renewable energy sources in rural regions;
> a pilot plant for production of cellulosic ethanol;
> promotion of geothermal heat pumps in the residential sector;
> support for technological research and innovation for the reduction and sequestration of greenhouse gases;
> support for the capture of biogas from landfill sites;
> support for waste treatment and energy recovery from agricultural biomass.

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