Edmonton, Alberta – Alberta Energy will provide $3.35 million in funding for a waste-to-biofuels facility planned for Edmonton. Enerkem Inc. is scheduled to start groundbreaking on the plant this summer.

The funding will come from the Biorefining Commercialization and Market Development Program, designed to stimulate investment in Alberta’s bio-energy sector through the construction of ethanol, biodiesel and biogas facilities in the province. Enerkem has also received $20 million in contributions from partners Alberta Innovates and the city of Edmonton.

The project was announced in 2008 and received its environmental permit in 2009. The plant will divert more residential waste from landfills, reduce greenhouse gas emissions and produce enough fuel locally to power 400,000 cars per year running on a 5 per cent ethanol blend.

“The continued support our company has received from the Alberta government demonstrates the province’s commitment to diversifying its energy portfolio and to positioning itself at the forefront of clean energy technology development,” said Vincent Chornet, president and CEO of Enerkem. “Our Edmonton waste-to-biofuels facility will influence cities in North America and around the world in how they manage their waste, and it promises to revolutionize the fuels market.”

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