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The ecoENERGY Innovation Initiative will advance Canadian leadership in clean energy technologies by investing $281 million, over five years, 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 accepted 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. 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; electrification of transportation; and unconventional oil and gas.

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

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