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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.

Livestock manure
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 benefits.

"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."

Significant incentives
At the 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.

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