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For Immediate Release


April 3, 2009

Office of the Premier

Ministry of Small Business, Technology and Economic Development




BURNABY – The provincial government will invest over $32.6 million to help commercialize British Columbia’s clean, alternative energy technologies, reduce greenhouse gas emissions, and create about 1,200 jobs in over 30 B.C. communities, Premier Gordon Campbell announced today.


“British Columbia’s alternative energy and biofuel sectors are becoming world-leaders in pioneering cutting-edge clean, green technology,” said Premier Campbell. “By focusing on leading-edge technology, we’re supporting the creation of good jobs in communities across the province; building a home-grown clean energy sector that will market proven innovations to the world; and helping meet the growing demand for green power here in B.C.”


New clean energy investments will come from two sources: over $22.6 million from the Innovative Clean Energy (ICE) Fund and $10 million to support the production of liquid biofuels with demonstrated low greenhouse gas emissions. The projects have a combined value of almost $200 million.


“By working with British Columbia’s dynamic clean energy entrepreneurs, we are helping to bring new technologies to the point where they are commercially viable,” said Small Business, Technology and Economic Development Minister Ida Chong. “Clean energy technologies help protect the environment while stimulating economic activity at the community level.”


The announcement was made today at Lignol Innovations in Burnaby, which is receiving $3.4 million in provincial funding to produce cellulosic ethanol and other products from under-utilized forest resources, especially beetle-killed lodgepole pine.


“This facility is one of just a handful in the world that can demonstrate the production of cellulosic ethanol and biochemicals on an industrial scale. With this support from the provincial government, we will begin operating our new pilot plant on a range of B.C. feedstocks, so that we can optimize our process and finalize the engineering for large scale plants,” said Ross MacLachlan, president and CEO of Lignol. “This facility will become a showcase for our company and British Columbia as we strive to commercialize a technology that holds so much promise for the forest products industry and communities hardest hit by the mountain pine beetle devastation.”


The ICE Fund is supporting 19 projects situated in rural and off-grid communities across British Columbia, covering a range of technological applications, including: ocean tidal and wave, solar, geothermal, wind, biomass, wastewater, energy conservation and management, and variable street light technology. The approved projects represent over $96 million in total value and will create about 750 temporary and full time jobs in over 25 B.C. communities.


Funding for liquid biofuels will support eight projects to develop cellulosic ethanol, biodiesel, and biofuels technologies. The approved projects represent over $100.6 million in total value and will create about 450 temporary and full time jobs in seven B.C. communities. Increased biofuels production will help meet the provincial standard of five per cent minimum annual average renewable content for gasoline and diesel used in B.C. by 2010.


 By taking decisive action to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 33 per cent by 2020, government is positioning British Columbia to be a green economic powerhouse in high tech and clean energy sectors – benefiting communities, businesses and citizens throughout the province now and in future. For more information, please visit online.






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Bridgitte Anderson

Press Secretary

Office of the Premier

604 307-7177

Alec Tully

Public Affairs Officer

Ministry of Small Business, Technology and Economic Development

250 952-0615


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