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CANADA LAUNCHES CLEAN ENERGY SOFTWARE

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NUSA DUA, BALI, INDONESIA, December 11, 2007 – Canada's
Environment Minister, the Honourable John Baird, and the Honourable Gary Lunn,
Minister of Natural Resources, today officially launched the latest version of
RETScreen, a software tool originally developed by Natural Resources Canada
(NRCan) for renewable energy technologies.
Minister Baird was joined in Indonesia by Ian Morton, one of Canada's Eminent
Advisors, Ian Morton, founder of the Clean Air Foundation and Chief Executive
Officer of Summerhill Group.
"Today's announcement demonstrates how Canada is developing and sharing
knowledge that allows Canadians and the global community to make cleaner energy
choices," said Minister Baird. "Renewable energy initiatives play a significant
role in Canada's fight against climate change, and RETScreen is helping to
improve air quality and reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Canada and
abroad."
"The Government of Canada is proud of RETScreen and the international
cooperation its widespread use symbolizes," said Minister Lunn, speaking from
Parliament Hill. "The world is moving to address climate change and the
environment, and RETScreen puts Canada at the forefront of clean energy
decision-making expertise."
This Canadian software, which NRCan provides for free to industry and the
public, has become an international success story. It is used worldwide by more
than 129,000 people, including architects, planners, investors and industry
decision makers. In a new version that includes energy efficiency, the demand
for RETScreen is set to explode.
The Government of Canada and partners have invested $1.8 million over the
past two years in the latest version of RETScreen .This version includes a full
array of financially viable clean power, heating and cooling technologies, and
energy efficiency measures. The new energy-efficiency models are used for
residential, commercial and institutional buildings, and for industrial
facilities and processes. RETScreen now features access to NASA's global climate
data for the entire surface of the planet.
"In recent months, we have expanded and improved NASA's base climate data set
to 22 years, providing data parameters, including weather and solar energy,
tailored right to the needs of RETScreen," said Dr. Paul Stackhouse of NASA's
Langley Research Center. "These data sets are the result of scientific research
funded through NASA projects at Langley and other centers."
Another major new feature is improved accessibility. RETScreen software has
been translated into 26 languages, representing about two-thirds of the world's
population.
"This new version of RETScreen is going to dramatically improve how public
and private stakeholders develop energy efficiency, cogeneration and renewable
energy projects around the globe," said Dr. Marianne Osterkorn, International
Director of the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership (REEEP).
RETScreen was developed by NRCan's CANMET Energy Technology Centre in
Varennes, Quebec, in collaboration with several partners, including the National
Aeronautics and Space Administration's (NASA) Langley Research Center, based in
Hampton, Virginia, and the Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Partnership
(REEEP), based in Vienna, Austria.
More information about RETScreen and a copy of the software can be obtained
at http://www.retscreen.net/. For
information on the Government of Canada's programs to reduce greenhouse gases
and air pollution, visit the ecoACTION Web site http://www.ecoaction.gc.ca/.
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Canada's Environment Minister, John Baird, together with Natural Resources
Minister, Gary Lunn, today officially launched the latest version of RETScreen,
a highly successful software tool developed by Natural Resources Canada to help
assess the viability of clean energy projects. RETScreen is now being used as an
evaluation tool for clean energy by 129,000 people across the world.
Media may contact:
Louise Girouard Director of Communications Office of the Minister
Natural Resources Canada Ottawa 613-996-2007
Eric RicherPress SecretaryOffice of the Minister of the
Environment(819) 997-1441In Indonesia: 085857032508
Environment Canada Media Relations(819) 934-80081-888-908-8008
The general public may contact:
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The following media backgrounder is available at www.nrcan.gc.ca/media:
Environment
and Natural Resources Ministers Launch Clean Energy Software
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