General Motors Proposes Renewable Energy Project at St. Catharines Propulsion Plant

Project will help reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 77 per cent from GM’s St Catharines operations

2017-12-08


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Oshawa, Ontario (December 8, 2017)General Motors of Canada is proposing to build a 6.4 megawatt co-generation plant that will use renewable landfill gas as fuel to generate electricity and recover thermal energy to power and heat its St. Catharines Propulsion Plant. 

This project is a partnership with Alectra Utilities, Integrated Gas Recovery Services and the TargetGHG program funded by the Ministry of Research, Innovation and Science which is administered by Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE). Click here for more information.

“Supporting the efforts of large industries in their quest to reduce their greenhouse gas emissions is an important part of our government’s Climate Change Action Plan,” says Reza Moridi, Minister of Research, Innovation and Science. “With the help of our province’s innovative cleantech companies, the TargetGHG program will help build a prosperous, low carbon economy and create a cleaner, more sustainable future for Ontario.”

The proposed project will reduce net greenhouse gas emissions by an estimated 77 per cent and lower energy electrical costs, improving the facility’s long-term competitiveness.

Once online in mid-2019, clean energy will power approximately 32 per cent of the St. Catharines’ plant – the most of any of GM’s global population operations worldwide.

“With the support of OCE, Alectra Utilities, and IGRS, this proposed co-generation project will enable GM Canada and our partners to reduce net greenhouse gas emissions from our St Catharines operations while significantly lowering our plant energy operating costs,” said David Paterson, Vice President of Corporate and Environmental Affairs, GM.

The project will serve as Ontario’s first complete renewable landfill gas industrial co-generation system that delivers renewable landfill gas from an offsite source and distributes it via a dedicated pipeline to a co-generation plant located at a large industrial facility.

General Motors’ renewable energy use spans decades. The company is a founding member of the Renewable Thermal Collaborative – an initiative of the Renewable Energy Buyers Alliance – to share best practices and increase awareness of renewable thermal technologies. GM committed to power all of its global operations’ electricity with 100 percent renewable energy by 2050. Greater use of thermal energy helps address heating and cooling needs to further reduce emissions.

For more information on GM’s environmental commitment, visit its sustainability report and environmental blog.

About General Motors Canada

General Motors of Canada Company markets Chevrolet, Buick, GMC and Cadillac vehicles through Canada’s largest dealer network, as well as OnStar and MAVEN services. Headquartered in Oshawa, Ontario, GM Canada employs more than 8,000 people across the country and is a recognized leader in advanced manufacturing, green operations, active safety, and autonomous and connected vehicle technology research and development. More information on the company can be found at www.gm.ca or by following @GMcanada on Twitter. 

About Ontario Centres of Excellence (OCE) Inc.

OCE drives the commercialization of cutting-edge research across key market sectors to build the economy of tomorrow and secure Ontario's global competitiveness. In doing this, OCE fosters the training and development of the next generation of innovators and entrepreneurs and is a key partner with Ontario's industry, universities, colleges, research hospitals, investors and governments. A champion of leading-edge technologies, best practices and research, OCE invests in sectors such as advanced health, digital media and information communications, advanced manufacturing and materials, and cleantech including energy, environment and water. OCE is a key partner in delivering Ontario's Innovation Agenda as a member of the province's Ontario Network of Entrepreneurs (ONE). Funded by the Government of Ontario, the ONE is made up of regional and sector-focused organizations and helps Ontario-based entrepreneurs rapidly grow their company and create jobs.

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CONTACT:

Jennifer Wright
Manager, Corporate and Internal Communications
GM Canada
905-744-6044  

Jennifer.wright@gm.com

 

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For further information, contact:

Jennifer Wright
Manager, Corporate and Internal Communications
GM Canada
905-744-6044
Jennifer.wright@gm.com
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