Biogas Powers North Middlesex Municipal Buildings

Most people would agree that government buildings are full of hot air and gas, only now the McGuinty government in Ontario can stand by those words proudly.

The Ontario government is partnering with the district on a CAD $1.6 million (US $1.3 million) project that will provide power to municipal buildings from a biogas facility at the Lynn Cattle Company. “This project demonstrates how the province, along with other levels of government, the agriculture industry and community partners can work together to create real, positive opportunities with direct community benefits,” said Agriculture and Food Minister Steve Peters. “The McGuinty government is helping build strong, healthy and prosperous communities in rural Ontario through projects like this one.” The investment will fund the creation of an integrated anaerobic-digestion facility that will convert biogas from manure into heat and electricity. The Lynn Cattle Company will produce substantial amounts of electricity, according to the press release. Enough to power its own operations as well as to sell surplus electricity on the market. The Municipality of North Middlesex and the McGuinty government have agreed to purchase 2,500 MWh of electricity annually, enough to power all municipally owned property for the year. This purchase should make North Middlesex the first green-powered municipality in Canada. “The McGuinty government is committed to cleaner energy options, and we want this initiative to lead the way for more biogas conversion projects across the province,” said Energy Minister Dwight Duncan. “It’s a win-win situation for everyone. We are able to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and our dependence on non-renewable forms of energy, while creating new economic opportunities in rural Ontario.” Additional benefits of the project include the creation of three full-time positions at the cattle company, and an 80 percent reduction of farm odors. The investment was made through Ontario’s Rural Economic Development (RED) program, which invests in projects that support sustainable rural economies and community partnerships.
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