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Federal and Provincial Governments Invest $475.6 Million in Manitoba's Clean Electricity Grid

Winnipeg, November 9, 2023 - Canada's Deputy Prime Minister and Finance Minister Chrystia Freeland, alongside Manitoba Premier Wab Kinew, announced a joint investment of $475.6 million today. The funding aims to fortify Manitoba's clean electricity grid, ensuring its residents continue to have access to affordable and reliable low carbon energy.

The investment includes $314 million allocated for the installation of eight new hydroelectric turbines at the Pointe du Bois Generating Station. These turbines, designed to replace aging generating units, will increase the station's capacity by 52 megawatts, supplying eastern Manitoba with cleaner and more dependable electricity. Simultaneously, $161.6 million will be directed toward the construction of a new 230-kilovolt transmission network in the Portage la Prairie area. This network will enhance reliability for customers across southwest Manitoba, while aiding Manitoba Hydro in meeting the rising demand for electricity.

Speaking about the initiative, Deputy Prime Minister Chrystia Freeland expressed her enthusiasm, stating, "A key part of our economic plan is making Canada a clean electricity superpower. Today’s announcement in Manitoba will deliver clean, reliable, and affordable electricity to people and businesses across the province—and we will continue working to expand our clean electricity grid and create great careers for people from coast to coast to coast.”

Premier Wab Kinew echoed Freeland's sentiments, highlighting the significance of continued investment in Manitoba's hydroelectric capabilities. He emphasized that this collaboration with the federal government would pave the way for more low carbon jobs and contribute substantially to the province's net-zero targets. The Manitoba government has committed $290 million to the projects.

Jay Grewal, President and CEO of Manitoba Hydro, expressed the organization's gratitude for the federal funding. Emphasizing that these investments in critical infrastructure projects would propel Manitoba towards a lower carbon future, providing clean, reliable, renewable hydroelectricity to power the province's economic growth.


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