June 21, 2004

Sask ethanol regs come into effect

REGINA, SASK-Regulations on new dates and percentages for increased ethanol content in Saskatchewan fuel came into effect June 9th. Effective May 1, 2005 automotive gasoline will have a minimum average ethanol content of 2%, rising to 7.5% on November 1, 2005. The regulations are an extension of the Greenprint for Ethanol Production in Saskatchewan, the province's plan for increasing its production and use of alternative fuels. The Ethanol Fuel (General) Amendment Regulations were approved by Cabinet on June 8 and filed with the Registrar of Regulations on June 9. The General Regulations specify the revised dates and percentages. The Ethanol Fuel (Grant) Amendment Regulations were also approved by Cabinet and filed with the Registrar. The Grant Regulations provide distributors with a 15 cent per litre grant for ethanol purchased from Saskatchewan ethanol producers and blended in automotive fuels distributed within the province.

"The regulations are positive news for prospective Saskatchewan producers," said Industry and Resources Minister Eric Cline. "This gives them a firm timeline on which to base their construction schedules and their production targets. We've given them the tools, the regulatory framework they need to grow." More information is available from Roy Schneider at Industry & Resources, 306/ 787-9694.

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