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EDA has a plan for attracting bioenergy projects to S.E. Alta.

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In 2013, officials with the Economic Development Alliance of Southeast Alberta (EDA) will turn their attention to attracting bioenergy investment to the southeast corner. Those with an interest in the topic can learn more through a webinar on Jan. 31, when EDA officials will launch the two-part bioenergy feasibility study and investment attraction strategy.

According to a news release, the session will highlight the advancements of bioenergy in Alberta, key findings and opportunities for southeast Alberta as well as recommendations on attracting investors.
In August 2012, the EDA contracted RDA Global Inc, in partnership with The Pembina Institute, to create a feasibility study for the southeast region, exploring bioenergy options, explains Nichola Kondra, the EDA’s associate director. That study was funded by the EDA and Invest Canada-Community Initiatives (ICCI).
“We hope to encourage conversation amongst industry and position southeast Alberta as a strong candidate for bioenergy opportunities,” said Kondra in a news release. “If you are a company that is part of the supply chain including companies involved in agriculture, automotives or oil and gas then we encourage you to register. Even if you are interested in economic development as a whole, this will be very educational.”
Presenters for the webinar include Jeff Bell, clean development officer for Alberta Agriculture and Rural Development (Bio-Industrial Opportunities Branch), Chris Seals, senior vice-president, RDA Global Inc. and Chancy Edwards, research analyst, RDA Global Inc.
“We do see a lot of shift in technologies in the bioenergy industry sector. We want to be industry-leading,” says Kondra during an interview. “We want to understand what technologies work and can be sustained in our region.”
During the seminar, some priority sectors have been identified and three of them will be mentioned.
Those who take part in the session will learn more about the investment attraction strategy the EDA will pursue for the region. That will mean more collaboration with those involved in the industry moving forward.
“With this demonstration of information, it is meant to bring other key players into the picture so we work as a collaborative group,” adds Kondra. “We have received keen interest and we are continuing to network on behalf of the region.”
This is the first time the EDA has held a webinar to share information and it’s about ensuring the right people are present and involved to learn about the opportunities available. Bioenergy projects involve co-ordinated efforts of seven distinct players including project developers/operators; feedstock producers/suppliers; end-market buyers for bio-products; capital providers; governments; local supply chain and service providers and networks.
The hour-long webinar is free.
Registration can be done up to the day of online at: http://www.snweb
The session begins at 10 a.m. and includes and opportunity for those involved to question the speakers.

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