Manitoba Biodiesel Board Appointments Announced

Appointments to the Manitoba Biodiesel Board and confirmation of funding for the Manitoba Biodiesel Production Program were announced by Agriculture, Food and Rural Initiatives Minister Rosann Wowchuk.

The Manitoba Biodiesel Production Program will promote the development of smaller, community-based production facilities supplying biodiesel to local and regional markets. A total of $1.5 million has been allocated to the program with support from the federal government under the Opportunities Envelope Program administered by Natural Resources Canada. “As well as being an excellent economic opportunity for Manitoba producers and communities, biodiesel is part of Manitoba’s clean energy initiative, which includes hydroelectric power, wind, ethanol and geothermal,” said Dave Chomiak, Minister of Energy, Science and Technology. Eligible projects must be located in Manitoba and have an annual capacity of at least two million liters. The projects must also demonstrate technical feasibility and economic viability through the preparation of a comprehensive business plan. Last November, the province announced a 10-point action plan to promote the development of biodiesel as a new economic opportunity based on the recommendations of the Manitoba Biodiesel Advisory Council. In addition to the creation of the board and the establishment of a funding support package, the action plan included a 5.5 cent per liter tax advantage for biodiesel compared to regular diesel. The newly appointed Manitoba Biodiesel Board will review applications for program funding and recommend which projects are to receive support. Board members are Ken Thomas, chair; Marg Rempel, vice-chair; and members Bob Lafond, Rene Maillaird and Al Cormier.

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