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Backgrounder


The ecoENERGY Innovation Initiative will advance Canadian leadership in clean energy technologies by investing $97 million in a comprehensive suite of research, development and demonstration projects.

Program Benefits

The initiative’s objective is to support energy technology innovation to produce and use energy more cleanly and efficiently. The program will help in the search for long-term solutions to reducing and eliminating air pollutants from energy production and use.

The ecoENERGY Innovation Initiative is open to proposals from the following entities: for-profit and not-for-profit organizations legally incorporated or registered in Canada, including electricity utilities, gas utilities, companies, industry associations, research associations, Aboriginal groups, community groups, and Canadian academic institutions; as well as provincial, territorial, regional, municipal governments and their departments and agencies.

Allocation of Funding

The initiative consists of two separate funding streams: one for R&D projects and one for demonstration projects. Letters of Interest will be accepted for demonstration projects as of August 2 and for R&D projects as of August 9. A portion of the funding from the ecoENERGY Innovation Initiative program will be provided to federal researchers and laboratories to continue R&D work.

Activities funded under the ecoENERGY Innovation Initiative will be in five strategic priority areas: energy efficiency in buildings, communities, industry and transportation; clean electricity and renewables; bioenergy; research and development of electric vehicles; and unconventional oil and gas. Proposals will be requested with a maximum of five years duration. While funding is currently allocated for two years, the federal government will assess program uptake and project quality to confirm the balance of funding required.

Each project proposal will be evaluated on assessment criteria that will include: the capacity of the proponent to deliver the project; the capacity for the take-up of the results of the project; the project’s strategic and technical merit; and its emissions reduction impact.

Funding of successful proposals will be contingent on the proponent entering into a contribution agreement with Natural Resources Canada.

For additional program information, please visit ecoenergyinnovation.nrcan.gc.ca.


Media may contact:

Julie Di Mambro
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister
Natural Resources Canada
Ottawa
613-996-2007

or

Media Relations
Natural Resources Canada
Ottawa
613-992-4447

NRCan's news releases and backgrounders are available at www.nrcan.gc.ca/media/index-eng.php.