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Feds, province invest $1M in Manitoba biomass industry

Funds will support coal heating system conversions and biomass research



WINNIPEG—The Canadian and Manitoba governments have announced $1 million in funding for biomass projects across the province.

Looking to get coal-fired generators to switch to renewable biomass and research in the cleantech bio-industry, the two tiers of governments have set aside $500,000 for each goal.

“Biomass and other renewable fuels can create opportunities for Manitoba’s farmers and other key partners,” Ralph Eichler, the province’s minister of Agriculture, Food and Rural Development, said. “The two-pronged approach of this grant program encourages Manitobans making the necessary transition to biomass, while also recognizing research is essential to finding new markets and creating both economic and environmental benefits.”

Companies looking to retrofit their coal-burning heating systems can receive up to $50,000 under the program, while current biomass manufacturers can also apply to expand their operations. The grants apply to agricultural residues, forestry residues and biomass crops.

The program is accepting entries until Sept. 30.

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