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Alberta taps climate levy fund to help farmers reduce GHG emissions

Province will spend $10 million to expand existing programs to encourage the use energy efficient equipment and solar power.


EDMONTON — Alberta is tapping into its industrial carbon levy fund to help the farm sector reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

The province says it will spend $10 million to expand existing programs that encourage producers to use energy efficient equipment and solar power.

Agriculture Minister Oneil Carlier says the program will help greenhouse operators, irrigators, the dairy and the livestock sectors but is open to all farmers.

The government estimates about 700 producers are using the program and hopes to increase that number.

The money is coming from the Climate Change and Emissions Management Fund.

Large industrial CO2 emitters that exceed reduction targets have been paying into the fund since 2007.

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