Town of Rimbey Mayor Dale Barr and Councillor Ken Lesniak of Strathcona County, representing the Federation of Canadian Municipalities’ National Board of Directors, recently announced that Rimbey will benefit from a Green Municipal Fund (GMF) investment of $347,500 to study waste gasification technology.
The study will investigate technologies to convert organic waste into ethanol and other bio-oils, while providing heat and power. It will tackle issues such as long-term feedstock availability and cost, energy balance and anticipated greenhouse gas (GHG) benefits common to the establishment of an ethanol production facility.
Mayor Barr says that Rimbey has an ideal location for the eventual establishment of a gasification plant, as it has a well-developed industrial park, substantial feedstock, and the proposed plant site is close to facilities that could benefit from waste heat. In addition, he says the project can lead to new jobs and represents more than $30-million in new commercial investment.
The Government of Canada has endowed $250-million to the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) to establish and manage the Green Municipal Funds. The Funds support partnerships and leveraging of both public and private sector funding to reach higher standards of air, water and soil quality, and climate protection.
For further information, contact Mayor Dale Barr at 403-704-4266 or Lucille Hodgins, FCM Manager at 613- 241-5221 ext. 299