Federal Natural Resources Minister James Carr announced the creation of a new $220 million Program to reduce dependence on diesel generation in rural and remote communities and industrial sites. Two core programs will work directly with project proponents and communities: (1) Clean Energy for Rural and Remote Communities: BioHeat, Demonstration & Deployment Program Streams and Capacity Building Stream (2) Northern Responsible Energy Approach for Community Heat and Electricity (REACHE) – a $53.5 million commitment over the next 10 years for the deployment of renewable energy projects in northern communities to reduce their reliance on diesel for heating and electricity through the use of local renewable energy sources and energy efficiency. A new website has been established to find information on federal programming to reduce diesel use in rural and remote communities. NRCan has also created a portal to help determine whether specific projects might be eligible for support.
On February 21st, the IESO and OEB published their respective strategies on how to implement the government’s 2017 Long Term Energy Plan (2017 LTEP). The IESO report, entitled Putting Ontario’s Long-Term Energy Plan Into Action, outlines the timing and process for implementing the ten distinct initiatives. Each one of the initiatives includes an initial stakeholder engagement process, whereby the IESO will solicit feedback from interested parties on the program or policy design. The OEB’s report, entitled The Ontario Energy Board’s Implementation Plan, describes the 14 initiatives that the OEB will implement to help meet the goals and objectives set out in the 2017 LTEP. Similar to the IESO report, many of the initiatives being undertaken will also include a process to consult with stakeholders.
Ontario is supporting the development of new, globally competitive low-carbon technologies that will reduce greenhouse gas pollution and fight climate change. This investment is part of Ontario’s Climate Change Action Plan and is funded by proceeds from the province’s cap on pollution and carbon market. Reza Moridi, Minister of Research, Innovation and Science launched the new Cleantech Strategy on February 13th, which will help cleantech companies launch products and services, find new customers, and scale up in a global market that is expected to be worth $2.5 trillion by 2022. Read the full press release here.
The Town of Banff has posted a Request for Information (RFI) to discover potential processes or technologies that could support the Town to achieve its goals of transforming municipal organic feedstocks into valuable end products, while minimizing GHG emissions, and maximising overall environmental benefits. The RFI is intended to reach out to the potential technologies in the Town of Banff context. All relevant documents can be found on the Alberta Purchasing Connection AB-2018-01291. The submission deadline is March 23rd, 2018.