August 1, 2005

TREC North receives Green Municipal Funds grant for wind power study, business plan

The Renewable Energy Co-operative North (TREC North) has been awarded a $158,500 grant from the Green Municipal Funds for a wind power study and business plan. The study will differ from the norm in that it will explore the feasibility of setting up a co-operative to own and operate the wind farm, with members of the community owning equity shares. Excess energy produced would be marketed outside the community through the North American grid, thus contributing to the co-operative's profitability.

"This green energy project can give Temagami control over its green power and can provide a model of ownership and operation for other small municipalities to adopt," said Temagami Mayor Wayne Adair. "We are pleased with our relationship with TREC North Inc. and commend it for including in the project an outreach program to focus on the benefits of green power and energy conservation."

Sudbury Councillor Terry Kett noted that "The generation of approximately 21,000 megawatt-hours per year of electricity would result in a reduction of 9,756 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO2) annually-the equivalent of taking 1,500 cars off the road."

"TREC North...will be working with our partners to invest in leading edge wind technology to innovatively adapt best practices from other regions to a co-operative model that will make Temagami an energy self-sufficient community," said TREC North chair Robin Hughes.

The Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) is responsible for managing Green Municipal Funds, supported by a $250-million endowment from the federal government. The 2005 federal budget committed an additional $300 million to the Funds, which support partnerships and leverage both public and private sector funding to reach higher standards of air, water and soil quality and climate protection.

More information is available from Robin Hughes at TREC North, 705/569-4309, E-mail TRECNorth@onlink.net.

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