Plutonic gets $73 million for Toba power project

TOBA INLET, BRITISH COLUMBIA - A Plutonic Power small hydro project in Toba Inlet will receive up to $73 million in funding under Ottawa's ecoENERGY for Renewable Power Program, Natural Resources Minister Lisa Raitt announced.

The East Toba River and Montrose Creek hydroelectric project gets a $10 per megawatt hour incentive from the federal government for the first 10 years of operation.

The $600-million, 196-megawatt project is on schedule for completion in mid-2010, according to a news release.

Plutonic and its partner GE Energy Financial Services, will get a $10 per megawatt hour incentive on all electricity produced over the first 10 years of operations and the government calculates that will add up to $72 million over a decade, according to the release.

“This is one more example of how our government is increasing Canada's ability to produce clean, renewable energy,” Raitt said in the news release.

“This investment in hydroelectric power will create jobs and contribute to competitive energy prices in the province, all while reducing our impact on the environment.”

“The development of clean, renewable energy projects is instrumental in achieving both federal and provincial governments' initiatives on climate change and federal support through programs like ecoENERGY are important to the industry's success,” Plutonic vice-chair and CEO Donald McInnes said in the release.



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