Funding: Federal Energy Innovation Program Supports Clean Energy Projects

A Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) request for proposals through the Energy Innovation Program (EIP) is currently seeking proposals for clean energy innovation projects located in Canada. Proposals are due by October 31, 2016 at 11:59 pm. Depending on project size, the EIP can offer up to 50% or 75% of total project costs up to a maximum requested funding of $5,000,000 per project, with a minimum funding request of $300,000 per project. This program may be of interest to companies and organizations working on clean energy, energy storage, electric vehicle charging, buildings and industrial energy efficiency, among others. More details on the EIP are excerpted below. The EIP call can be accessed here, with FAQs here. The application guide and submission template can be obtained by filling out an information form here.

To discuss this RFP, please feel free to contact Travis Allan, Elisabeth (Lisa) DeMarco or Robert Eberschlag.

Funding Amounts

The EIP offers funding based on project size:

Demonstration Projects and Front End Engineering Design Studies (FEED)

The Program may pay up to 50% of Total Project Costs per project, up to a maximum amount of five million dollars ($5,000,000.00). The minimum funding requested per project is three hundred thousand dollars ($300,000.00).

Research and Development Projects

The Program may pay up to 75% of Total Project Costs per project, up to a maximum amount of five million dollars ($5,000,000.00). The minimum funding requested per project is three hundred thousand dollars ($300,000.00).

For all projects, total Canadian government assistance (federal, provincial/territorial, regional and municipal governments and their departments and agencies, not including investment or funding from Crown or municipally-owned utilities) will not exceed 75% of total project costs, except for applicants that are also Canadian Government Organizations (as defined above), in which case, their own contributions will not count towards the total Canadian government assistance.

Project Types

The EIP is seeking proposals in the following areas (excerpts from EIP):

  • Renewable, smart grid and storage systems can help reduce the economic, environmental, and health risks associated with air pollution and climate change. With more than 80% of Canadians living in cities, urban environments are an area of key focus in achieving greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) reductions. Energy use can significantly be reduced at the community level and its renewable contents increased through the innovative integration of energy systems including: renewable energy sources for heat and/or power; smart grid technologies and energy storage; net zero housing; community energy planning; and, electric vehicle charging.

  • Reducing diesel use by industrial operators in northern and remote communities can be achieved through the demonstration of energy efficiency technologies, clean transportation, renewable heat and power, cogeneration, energy storage, and/or smart grid technologies. In recent years, large-scale deployment of renewable energy technologies at northern industrial sites (i.e. large scale wind turbines at mines) has proven the capability to operate in northern conditions and ultimately reduce diesel fuel use in these locations.

  • Addressing methane and volatile organic compounds (VOCs) through research, development and demonstration projects that support Canada’s objective to reduce methane emissions by up to 45% by 2025. Canada’s oil and gas sector releases significant amounts of methane and VOCs through venting, flaring and fugitive equipment leaks. It is estimated that these sources contribute to approximately 10% of greenhouse gas and 30% of VOCs emitted in Canada.

  • Reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the building sector requires ongoing innovation in the design, construction and operation of the built environment so that affordable, higher efficiency homes, buildings and equipment become available to Canadians. GHG emissions from the built environment include 12 percent of direct emissions attributed to the buildings sector, and another 5 percent attributed to the electricity used by buildings.

  • Carbon capture, use and storage will help meet Canada’s 2030 emission reduction targets. This will particularly be the case in the oil and gas, and industrial sectors. R&D activities in this area will help reduce capture costs and improve efficiency to help deploy this technology more broadly ─ paving the way for significant emission reduction.

  • Improving industrial efficiency is essential to our transition to a low-carbon economy. Fuel switching, the use of alternative fuels in industrial processes, and bio-refineries, which convert biomass into bio-based products and bioenergy, are two ways to reduce industrial energy intensities, fossil fuel consumption, and industrial air emissions. Projects could focus on front-end engineering design studies (FEED), the development of guidelines, standards and tools for fuel switching in industry, or integrating next generation bioenergy technologies into existing assets (e.g. first generation biofuel plants, pulp and paper mills, agricultural facilities, etc.).

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