Ontario growers welcoming CHP support

December 06, 2013
Written by The Ontario Greenhouse Alliance
Dec. 6, 2013, Waterdown, Ont. — Jan VanderHout , a greenhouse vegetable producer and chair of The Ontario Greenhouse Alliance (TOGA), a $1.4 billion annual economic engine in rural Ontario, has welcomed the provincial government’s announcement of a new combined heat and power (CHP) program targeting greenhouse operations, agrifood and district energy.

 
The commitment was made in the Ministry of Energy’s Long Term Energy Plan released earlier this week (Dec. 2).

“This announcement is a positive step forward for Ontario’s economy and environment by contributing to the recovery of carbon dioxide and heat, both co-products from the generation of electricity from natural gas, and directing them into beneficial uses in greenhouse operations,” said VanderHout.

“Greenhouses recover the carbon dioxide released when natural gas is burned and provide it to the plants in order to promote their growth.”

As a result, “greenhouse CHP is among the most efficient and cleanest applications of natural gas combustion in the world.”

VanderHout said TOGA looks forward to working with the government on CHP and a number of other energy and conservation initiatives that will contribute to a healthier economy and environment and continue Ontario’s leadership in greenhouse agriculture.

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