Manitoba Hydro: Swine manure power
Manitoba Hydro has introduced the Bioenergy
Optimisation Program to encourage the use of sustainable biomass as a fuel for
the production of combined heat and power at customer sites.
The new Power Smart program is aimed at over 250
agricultural and industrial customers with access to readily available, low cost
sources of biomass, continual needs for heat and power, and the capability to
operate biomass to energy conversion systems.
Use of biomass sources
such as waste wood, crop residues and livestock manure to produce energy will
save these customers money, avoid traditional waste disposal options such as
landfills, land spreading and uncontrolled burning, reduce greenhouse gas
emissions both locally and in the region and offer many additional environmental
"We are pleased to continue to develop and support alternative
renewal energy sources and technologies such as biomass," said Greg Selinger,
minister responsible for Manitoba Hydro. "The use of biomass will result in
savings to customers, will reduce greenhouse gas emissions and provide new
economic development opportunities for our rural communities."
announcement, Manitoba Hydro President and CEO Bob Brennan said, "The program
can provide significant incentives for participants to undertake feasibility
studies and for the capital cost of the required equipment, up to a maximum of
$1 250 000. Customers will be able to use biomass based materials to replace
part of their electricity and natural gas supplied by Manitoba Hydro."
The program is expected to produce annual load reduction savings of up
to 10 megawatts and 78 gigawatt-hours of electricity and 3.8 million cubic
metres of natural gas, and 65 580 tonnes of carbon dioxide emissions by 2017/18.
â€¢ Manitoba Hydro
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