Johnstown, Ontario – A new ethanol plant has opened in Ontario, expected to produce up to 200 million litres of the renewable fuel each year.

Natural Resources Minister Lisa Raitt attended the grand opening of GreenField Ethanol’s new plant in Johnstown, Ontario. The plant is the largest of its kind in Canada, and is expected to potentially grow the local economy by more than $200 million, directly benefiting the Johnstown-area farmers producing the corn needed to create the fuel.

“Ethanol is clean, efficient and renewable, making it an important alternate fuel option,” Raitt said. “The government of Canada’s investment of up to $117.5 million in this facility demonstrates our commitment to help create and sustain local jobs and economic opportunities while creating a healthier environment for all Canadians.”

The Canadian government has mandated gasoline to contain an average of five per cent ethanol by 2010.

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