Tuesday, December 01, 2009 - Toronto, ON
TORONTO, Ontario - December 1, 2009 - A new partnership between Just Energy and Integrated Gas Recovery Services Inc. (IGRS) will provide consumers in Ontario with another way to reduce their carbon footprint, by applying verified emission offsets from the IGRS landfill gas collection project at the Essex Windsor Solid Waste Authority's Landfill. The offsets become part of Just Energy's Green Energy Option (GEO) program.
Just Energy has procured 50,000 metric tonnes of emission offsets per year through 2013 from the IGRS landfill gas collection project in Essex to help meet growing demand for its GEO program, and as part of Just Energy's ongoing commitment to offer high quality verified emission offsets that support real reductions in greenhouse gas emissions.
"Ontario residents have shown an increasing desire to find ways to mitigate their individual contributions to climate change," said Ken Hartwick, Just Energy President and CEO. "While it is not always possible to keep the lights off, turn the furnace down or walk instead of drive to our destinations, the GEO program, through its support of locally-based green energy initiatives and carbon offset projects, helps consumers make a real difference."
Since 2007, customers enrolled in Just Energy's GEO program have been responsible for offsetting 20,000 metric tons of carbon emissions and have injected more than 300,000 megawatt hours of renewable energy into the electricity grid. Participation in GEO allows individual customers to reduce the carbon footprint associated with their purchase of gas and power, while helping to ensure that large scale carbon offset and renewable energy production projects, like those related to the Essex credits, continue to be undertaken.
The carbon offsets are generated at the Essex gas collection project by reducing emissions through the capture and combustion of landfill gases, which contains approximately 50 per cent methane, a greenhouse gas with a global warming impact 21 times greater than that of carbon dioxide.
"Installation of voluntary gas capture projects can be made possible through the procurement of emission offsets by companies with the foresight demonstrated by Just Energy. In the absence to date of a regulated framework governing emission offsets in Canada or Ontario, Just Energy has taken a bold step to support real, verified, emission reductions in their backyard. Just Energy's support allows IGRS to continue to provide innovative gas capture solutions," said Walter Graziani, Executive Director at IGRS.
The emission offsets transaction was facilitated through Blue Source Canada, a leading marketer of carbon credits and provider of offset project services across North America.
About Just Energy:
Just Energy is one of North America's leading electricity and natural gas retailers with offices in Canada and the U.S. Through its affiliates under its parent, Just Energy Income Fund, a publicly traded Income Trust (TSX: JE.UN), Just Energy provides over 1.6 million residential, small to mid-sized commercial and small industrial customers with the peace of mind that comes from knowing that they are protected from energy price volatility. In addition, through National Home Services, Just Energy sells and rents high efficiency and tankless water heaters, and through its subsidiary Terra Grain Fuels, produces and sells wheat-based ethanol. Just Energy is poised to become an industry leader in providing environmentally responsible energy supply solutions to consumers across North America.
About Integrated Gas Recovery Services
Integrated Gas Recovery Services Inc. (IGRS) is a full-service, landfill gas utilization company. IGRS offers complete design, build, own and operate solutions for landfill gas utilization, control and emission reduction projects. IGRS owns and operates landfill gas utilization plants in Ontario that, combined, produce over 10 MW of renewable power and provide over 3,500 cubic feet per minute of landfill gas to industrial users. About Blue Source Canada, ULC Blue Source Canada is a leader in Canada's domestic offset market with a supplier portfolio of more than ten million tonnes of emission offsets. Blue Source offers businesses multiple approaches for reducing and managing greenhouse gas emissions, including access to capital to fund project development, working with companies on developing projects and overseeing production of Verified Emission Reductions (VERs). Blue Source Canada's technical division leads in technical expertise for protocol development and offset identification.
About Blue Source Canada, ULC
Blue Source Canada is a leader in Canada's domestic offset market with a supplier portfolio of more than ten million tonnes of emission offsets. Blue Source offers businesses multiple approaches for reducing and managing greenhouse gas emissions, including access to capital to fund project development, working with companies on developing projects and overseeing production of Verified Emission Reductions (VERs). Blue Source Canada's technical division leads in technical expertise for protocol development and offset identification.
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