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Feds on clean-energy spending spree through EcoEnergy Innovation Initiative


May 6, 2013
By Anthony Capkun

May 5, 2013 – The federal government announced 55 new clean energy projects yesterday, representing an investment of more than $82 million through the EcoEnergy Innovation Initiative which, according to the feds, will create jobs, generate economic opportunities and help protect the environment.

In the North
• $500,000 to Yukon Energy Corp. as part of a consortium led by the Champagne and Aishihik First Nations to pursue the study of a potential power generation plant fed by biomass in Haines Junction, Yukon.
• $1,662,154 to Qulliq Energy of Iqaluit to build the first smart grid system in the Arctic in some of the harshest environmental conditions in the world.

The Canadian Northern Economic Development Agency (CanNor) also contributed $106,127 to the Yukon Biomass project through its Strategic Investments in Northern Economic Development (SINED) program.

In Nova Scotia
• $1,630,112 to Acadia University in Wolfville for research into reducing the cost of in-stream tidal energy.

In Ontario
• $2,678,000 to Lafarge Canada in Bath for a biomass project to process low-carbon waste materials in the cement industry.
• $2 million to Wasdell Falls LP for low-head hydro turbines in Wasdell Falls.
• $865,000 to Sumaran in Ottawa for research into energy-efficient buildings.

The EcoEnergy Innovation Initiative has received $268 million in funding over five years to fund research, development and demonstration projects that produce and use energy in a more clean and efficient manner, say the feds.