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What is an in-kind contribution?

Please consult section 8.4.3 of the Treasury Board Guide on Grants, Contributions and Other Transfer Payments.

What are the results of previous renewable diesel demonstrations in Canada?

Renewable diesel has already been tested in certain applications in Canada, such as trucks, buses and marine vessels. Results of some demonstrations can be found at /transportation/fuels/biodiesel/biodiesel-projects.cfm.

Most recently, renewable diesel was tested in 59 heavy vehicles of various sizes through the Alberta Renewable Diesel Demonstration, the largest cold-weather, on-road demonstration of the fuel undertaken in Canada. The Government of Canada and the Government of Alberta invested $1.3 million in this project, which was managed by Climate Change Central and demonstrated the quality and performance of renewable diesel in harsh Canadian weather. Following a lab testing phase, the demonstration provided real-world experience for fuel blenders, distributors and users by running the fuel in commercial trucks. The on-road demonstration phase of the project ended in October 2008, and the results are now available at http://www.renewablediesel.ca/.

Is renewable diesel already being used commercially in Canada?

Renewable diesel is being used with some vehicle fleets, but it is not yet widely commercially available at the pump in Canada, except for a few retail sites in Quebec, Ontario and British Columbia.

Why is the deadline for proposals May 29, 2009?

As part of its Renewable Fuels Strategy, the Government of Canada announced in December 2006 that a regulation will be developed requiring an average annual 2% renewable content in diesel fuel and heating oil by 2012. In advance of this regulation coming into effect, the use of renewable diesel must be successfully demonstrated in the range of Canadian conditions. Demonstration projects funded by the National Renewable Diesel Demonstration Initiative must be completed by June, 2010 in order to allow sufficient lead time for the regulation to come into effect.

Can existing renewable diesel demonstration projects apply for funding?

Demonstration projects that are already underway may qualify for funding from the National Renewable Diesel Demonstration Initiative provided they meet the selection criteria. However no costs incurred by the applicant prior to the acceptance of the project proposal should be included in the funded portion of the project.