ecoENERGY Innovation Initiative

Through Canada's Economic Action Plan, the ecoenergy Innovation Initiative is investing $268 million over five years (2011-2016) in renewable energy and clean energy technologies. 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.

About the Program

The ecoenergy Innovation Initiative received funding in Budget 2011 for a comprehensive suite of research and development and demonstration projects. The program’s objective is to support energy technology innovation in order to produce and use energy in a cleaner and more efficient way. This Initiative is a key component of the Government of Canada’s actions to achieve real emissions reductions, while maintaining Canada’s economic advantage and its ability to create jobs for Canadians.

Activities funded under the program are in five strategic priority areas:

  • Energy Efficiency
  • Clean Electricity and Renewables
  • Bioenergy
  • Electrification of Transportation
  • Unconventional Oil and Gas

The initiative consists of two separate funding streams: one for research and development (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.

Who Is Eligible

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.

How It Works

A call for proposals was released when the program was launched in summer 2012.
All proponents have been notified of the status of their proposal. All funding has been allocated and there is no current call for proposals. At present, we do not expect that there will be any further calls.

Progress to Date

A call for proposals was released when the program was launched in summer 2012.
All proponents were notified of the status of their proposal.

Successful proposals were selected to proceed to the next stage of consideration, a rigorous due diligence process that included confirming that the proponent’s offered funding, including that of any partners, is secured over the lifetime of the proposed project. On May 3, 2013, Prime Minister Stephen Harper announced support for 55 innovative new projects aimed at producing and using energy in a cleaner, more efficient way.

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