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While Oil & Gas is a $80 billion industry in Canada, southern Alberta is making a mark with a variety of renewable energy assets. Over the past 15 years, the renewable fuels industry in Canada has grown exponentially and Lethbridge is creating a strong sector in this region. There are $2.3 billion of renewable fuel production facilities in Canada. These facilities have capacity of 2 billion litres per year of ethanol and bio-diesel which is just 2% of global production. This just shows that there is tremendous opportunity for growth and Lethbridge is well-positioned to be a major player in building this sector. Renewable energy is 16.9% of Canada’s total primary energy supply. Hydro (59%), wind (1.6%) and biomass (1.4%) are the three largest sources of Canada’s electricity generation. 

In 2013, The Climate Change and Emissions Management (CCEMC) Corporation supported eight Alberta projects:

  • $46 million in funding
  • Combined value of nearly $390 million
  • greenhouse gas emissions reduced by more than five megatonnes over 10 years

Did you know?

  • Lethbridge College is the only postsecondary institution in Canada approved to deliver BZEE certified wind turbine training programs (the current world standard).
  • Lethbridge has the highest number of green certified homes per capita in Canada.
    • The City of Lethbridge designed one of Canada's first green built residential communities (SunRidge)
    • BlackWolf (developed by Avonlea Master Builder) is Alberta’s first Energy Star Community
  • The City of Lethbridge recycled over 50,000 kilograms of metal during the first eight months of the Large Item Service (LIS) operation when they responded to 3,500 service calls and collected over 500 metal items.
  • Park Place Mall was awarded BOMA BESt, level four environmental designations, which is the highest rating for green efforts and is only the second mall in Canada to receive this rating without renovations.

Innovative local companies leveraging the opportunities in this energing sector include: 

Lethbridge BioGas is a $30 million facility with a generating capacity of 2.8 megawatts (enough energy to power 2800 homes). With the addition of new generating units, it has the future capacity to produce up to 4.2 megawatts. Lethbridge BioGas is the first facility in Canada to incorporate patented thermal hydrolysis technology approved by the Canadian Food Inspection Agency for the destruction of prions that cause BSE in cattle.

Kyoto Fuels is the largest biodiesel plant in Canada. It can produce 66 million litres of biofuel a year which is the equivalent to taking 39,000 vehicles of the road. Since Canada requires 600 million litres a year there is tremendous opportunity to continue to grow this emerging sector.

A Lethbridge start-up company, GrowTEC (Grow The Energy Circle), graduated from tecconnect – An Alberta centre for new commerce in 2013. After a year in the commercialization centre, GrowTEC secured matching funds of $3.5 million from the Climate Change and Emissions Management (CCEMC) to develop a multi-faceted bio-energy venture. This is an $8 million facility which will offset 10,400 CO2 on annual basis. Once operational in the fall of 2014, the biodigester will use 25,000 tonnes of organic waste and produce more than enough energy to power operations on a third-generation potato farm East of Lethbridge with excess being supplied back to the grid.

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