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B.C. Building Performance Benchmarking Pilot Launched (Ind. Report)
Open Green Building Society
Date: 2020-05-11
In British Columbia, more than 50 commercial real estate owners and managers have agreed to voluntarily measure, report and disclose their buildings' energy use and greenhouse gas gas emissions with Building Benchmark BC, an initiative of the Open Green Building Society. The initiative is funded by Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) and BC Hydro with support from the Real Estate Foundation of British Columbia.

The program is using Energy Star Portfolio Manager software which allows building owners to input and retrieve as well as software developed by OPEN Technologies that is able to compare and visualize the data.

Participants in the program which launched in Jan. include the City of North Vancouver, City of Victoria, District of Saanich and Township of Langley, Burnaby, Richmond, Surrey and Metro Vancouver. (Source: Open Green Building Society, Construct Connect, May, 2020)Contact: Open Green Building Society, David Ramslie, Dir.,,; Building Benchmarks BC,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Building,  Building Energy Performance,  Energy Benchmark,  

BC Cities Participating Building Benchmark BC Pilot (Ind. Report)
Building Benchmark BC
Date: 2020-01-22
In British Columbia, Canada, the cities of Burnaby, Richmond, Surrey and Vancouver are reporting their participation in the Building Benchmark BC pilot project aimed at helping building owners and managers easily "benchmark" and disclose the energy consumption and emissions of their properties.

Participants will receive detailed energy and carbon performance data and a clear picture of how their building's performance relative to similar buildings. This information will help them make more informed decisions on capital investments, upgrades and energy efficiency rebates.

The pilot was developed by OPEN Green Building Society with funding from Natural Resources Canada and BC Hydro. (Source: Building Benchmark BC, HPAC, 21 Jan., 2020) Contact: Building Bench,ark BC,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Benchmarking,  Energy Efficiency,  

Terrapin Geothermics AB Geothermal Tests Approved (Ind Report)
Terrapin Geothermics
Date: 2019-11-06
On the Canadian prairies, Edmonton, Alberta-based Terrapin Geothermics is reporting Alberta's first geothermal power plant has been given the nod by the government of Alberta to begin testing the geothermal potential for its Greenview geothermal power project in the Municipal District of Greenview.

The testing will allow Terrapin to apply for required provincial regulatory approvals for the project, the first of its kind in the province.

The $50 million (Cdn) project is being partially funded by Natural Resources Canada and is expected to be completed in three years. The 5 MW project is a joint venture between Terrapin Geothermaics, PC Construction and the Municipal District of Greenview. (Source: Terrapin Geothermics, Hydrogen News, Nov., 2019) Contact: Terrapin Geothermics, (780) 232-0339,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Geothermal,  

Woodland Biofuels Wins $4.7Mn NRC Investment (Funding)
Woodland Biofuels
Date: 2019-08-30
In Ottawa, the Canadian government reports it will invest $4.7 million in Toronto-headquartered Woodland Biofuels. The company uses gasification and a series of catalytic reactions to convert biomass into renewable fuels.

Of the total investment, $1.9 million, funded by Natural Resources Canada's (NRC) Investments in Forest Industry Transformation program, will support the company's development of a technology to produce cellulosic ethanol from wood and agricultural waste. A second investment of more than $2.8 million, funded by NRC Clean Growth Program, will be used to increase the efficiency of the company's cellulosic ethanol demonstration plant and support detailed engineering activities, enabling Woodland's first commercial-scale ethanol plant in Sarnia, Ontario. (Source: Woodland Biofuels, PR, Ethanol Producer, 28 Aug., 2019) Contact: Woodland Biofuel, Greg Nuttall, CEO,(647) 494-5553,; NRC,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Cellulosic,  Natural Resources Canada,  Biofuel,  

Canadian Solar Touts Alberta PV Solar Power Agreement (Ind. Report)
Canadian Solar, Direct Energy
Date: 2019-08-19
Guelph, Ontario-headquartered solar power specialist Canadian Solar Inc. is reporting an agreement with Centrica PLC subsidiary Direct Energy for the purchase of electricity from its 32 MWp/23 MWac Suffield solar facility in Southeastern Alberta. The Suffield solar facility is anticipated to be the largest solar photovoltaic (PV) facility in Alberta when fully operational in 2020.

The Suffield project will incorporate Canadian Solar's high efficiency BiKu bifacial solar modules that produce electricity from both sides of the solar panel as well as single-axis trackers,

As previously reported, the Suffield project received $15.3 million in funding through Natural Resources Canada's Emerging Renewable Power Program. (Source: Canadian Solar, Others, newkerala, 18 Aug., 2019) Contact: Centrica PLC,; Canadian Solar Solutions,; Direct Energy, Mike Senff, VP, (416) 758-8700,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Canadian Solar,  Solar,  Direct Energy,  

Carleton Scores Building Energy Efficiency R&D Funding (Funding)
Carlton University
Date: 2019-08-02
In Ottawa, the Hon. Catherine McKenna, Minister of the Environment and Climate Change has awarded $5.1M in funding to Carlton University's Building Performance Research Centre (CU-CABER) and Prof. Cynthia Cruickshank's building energy efficiency work. The Minister also awarded $510,000 for Prof. Burak Gunay's Centre for Advanced Building Envelope Research project related to data analytics and energy performance metrics.

Cynthia Cruickshank, Associate Professor in the Department of Mechanical and Aerospace Engineering and Director of the Solar Energy Systems Lab will lead the CU-CABER project to develop and evaluate new building envelope technologies. The six-year project has $3 million support from Natural Resources Canada's Energy Innovation Program and $2.1 million from the Ontario Research Fund.

Prof. Burak Gunay is working to develop an open source software platform that will help building managers identify energy efficiency issues. Gunay and his team received $510,000 through Natural Resources Canada's Green Infrastructure Fund for his Next Generation: Actionable Building Energy Performance Metrics, Data Analytics and Visualization research effort. The researchers are partnering with CopperTree Analytics, Delta Controls, and Sensible Building Science, and BentallGreenOak will develop a suite of diagnostic algorithms and methods to help facility managers pinpoint problems, and solve them. (Source: Carlton University, July, 2019)Contact: Carlton University Building Performance Research Centre, 613-520-7838,,

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Canadian Solar Scores $8 Mn for HiDM PV R&D (R&D, Funding)
Canadian Solar ,Natural Resources Canada
Date: 2019-07-31
Ontario-based solar panel maker Canadian Solar Solutions Inc reports it will receive close to $8 million ($6.1 million US) from Natural Resources Canada's (NRC) energy innovation programme to develop and test high-density (HiDM) PV panels.

The new HiDM panels will use a first-of-its-kind shingled module technology that can be adapted to any type of solar cell, and are 20 pct more efficient than conventional panels, according to a company statement. (Source: Canadian Solar Solutions, Renewables, 30 July, 2019) Contact: Canadian Solar Solutions,; NRC, Vanessa Adams, Office of the Minister of Natural Resources, (343) 543-7645,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News NRC,  Canadian Solar ,  PV,  

StorTera, Equilibrium Engineering Lands $2.6Mn for Energy Storage Pilot Project (Ind. Report)
Equilibrium Engineering,StorTera
Date: 2019-06-26
Edinburgh, Scotland-based energy storage specialist StorTera, together with its Kentville, Nova Scotia-headquartered partner Equilibrium Engineering, report receipt of $2.6 million Cdn (£1.6 million) to implement its pilot Alba Nova: A Smart Grid Pilot Using Advanced Battery Storage system.

The funding from the Power Forward Challenge, a joint initiative between the UK Department for Business, Energy and Industrial Strategy and Natural Resources Canada, will support the implementation of commercial and domestic battery systems with in-built artificial intelligence that can increase uptake of renewables, save money for customers and utilities, and accelerate carbon reductions by boosting the use of electric energy.

Alba Nova is run in partnership with the Nova Scotian town of Berwick and the Renewable Energy Storage Lab at Dalhousie University in Halifax. (Source: StorTera, The Scotsman, 25 June, 2019)Contact: Equilibrium Engineering, (902) 482-0811,; StorTera, +44 131 569 0727,

Ottawa Announces $30Mn in Clean Energy Investments (Funding)
Natural Resources Canada
Date: 2019-05-31
. On Monday in Vancouver, Canadian Natural Resources Minister Hon. Amarjeet Sohi announced a new $30-million clean energy investment fund, $15.5 million of which will support remote First Nations communities that rely largely on diesel power.

The largest investment is $10.4 million in Haida Gwaii, B.C. where the villages of Old Masset and Skidegate are planning to transition to 100 pct renewable energy -- increased power production from an existing hydro dam, and installation of 2 megawatts of solar power and power storage. Other funding a includes a $1.5 million woody biomass heating project; a $2.1 million college building energy retrofit project; and $1.5 million to Carbon Upcycling Technologies for a carbon capture and reuse project in Calgary. The Minister noted the federal government earmarked $1 billion in the last federal budget for energy efficiency initiatives. (Source: Natural Resources Canada, JWN, 29 May, 2019) Contact: Natural Resources Canada, Hon. Amarjeet Sohi. Minister, Vanessa Adams, (343) 543-7645,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Natural Resources Canada,  Renewable Energy,  Energy Efficiency,  

Notable Quote from Natural Resources Canada
Natural Resources Canada
Date: 2019-05-31
"Energy efficiency is key to Canada's transition to a clean energy future." -- Amarjeet Sohi, Minister, Natural Resources Canada Contact: Natural Resources Canada, Vanessa Adams, (343) 543-7645,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Natural Resources Canada news,  Energy Efficiency news,  

$2.1Mn Funding for Alberta Forestry-Biomass Projects (Funding)
Forest Biomass,Natural Resources Canada
Date: 2019-05-22
In Ottawa, the Canadian federal government has announced over $2.1 million in funding for three forestry-sector, bioenergy projects in Alberta. The projects are aimed at boosting indigenous jobs in the sector and involvement in climate change prevention activities.

Of the total, $1.5 million will go to Kapawe'no First Nation in Narrows Point to design and install a renewable and eco-friendly forest biomass heating system that will help to reduce the community's reliance on diesel, cut energy costs and generate jobs. The project is funded through the Clean Energy for Rural and Remote Communities program.

$500,000 will be granted to The Rockies Institute in Canmore to bring together the best available Indigenous and scientific knowledge on forest fire management. The project will inform innovative practices for local, regional and provincial climate change adaptation.

The remaining $110,000 is awarded to Nu Ch'anie Society in Cold Lake to pursue various forest sector bioenergy-biomass business development activities. The three projects are funded through the Indigenous Forestry Initiative. (Source: Natural Resources Canada, Canadian Biomass, May, 2019) Contact: Natural Resoures Canada Indigenous Forestry Initiative,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Natural Resources Canada,  Forest Biomass,  Bioenergy,  Biofuel,  Natural Resources Canada,  

$3Mn Funding for BC Hydrogen Fueling Stations (Funding Report)
Date: 2019-05-08
Natural Resources Canada (NRC) and the provincial Government of British Columbia is reporting $3 million in funding for two North Vancouver-based Hydrogen Technology and Energy Corporation (HTEC) hydrogen filling stations in that province. HTEC is building a hydrogen filling station network to support the rollout of fuel cell electric vehicles.

HTEC will receive $2 million funding from NRC through its Electric Vehicle and Alternative Fuel Infrastructure Deployment Initiative (EVAFIDI), and $1 million from The Government of British Columbia through its Clean Energy Vehicle Programme.

The funding is part of Canada's $182.5 million investment to develop a coast-to-coast fast-charging network for electric vehicles and to establish natural gas stations along key freight corridors and hydrogen stations in metropolitan centres. The investment will also ensure Canada-US alignment of standards for low-carbon vehicles and refuelling infrastructure. (Source: HTEC, gasworld, May, 2019) Contact: HTEC, Colin Armstrong, CEO, (604) 904-0412,

More Low-Carbon Energy News HTEC,  Hydrogen,  

Notable Quote from Natural Resources Canada
Natural Resources Canada
Date: 2019-05-01
"Energy efficiency is key to Canada's transition to a clean energy future." -- Amarjeet Sohi, Minister, Natural Resources Canada Contact: Natural Resources Canada, Vanessa Adams, (343) 543-7645,;

More Low-Carbon Energy News Natural Resources Canada,  Energy Efficiency,  

Canada Invests in Forest Climate Change Adaptation (Ind Report)
Date: 2019-04-17
Climate change needs to be tackled head on in order to build a better future for Canadians. This is why the government is investing in critical adaptation research, while creating good jobs and growing the economy.

Matt DeCourcey, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Immigration, Refugees and Citizenship, on behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Canada's Minister of Natural Resources, announced an investment of $300,000 to University of New Brunswick (UNB) for a climate change adaptation project focused on the socio-economic costs and benefits of adapting to climate-induced changes, such as drought and wind, in Atlantic Canada's forests. Findings from this analysis will help those in the forest sector and communities, including Indigenous peoples, plan and adapt to the impacts of a changing climate. (Source: Natural Resources Canada, News Release, April, 2019) Contact: NRC, Vanessa Adams, Office of the Minister of Natural Resources (343) 543-7645,

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BOMA BC Launches Building Recommissioning Program (Ind. Report)
Building Owners and Managers Association of British Columbia
Date: 2019-04-15
The Building Owners and Managers Association of British Columbia (BOMA BC), with support from Natural Resources Canada, has launched a new service for buildings to identify low-cost energy and emissions savings through recommissioning. BOMA BC endorses recommissioning as a tool to analyze building equipment and control systems to ensure they perform together effectively and efficiently.

The BOMA BC Building Tune-Up Program provides a free detailed assessment of operational energy conservation measures, a fixed value amount to implement the identified measures, along with the full cost to verify the measures after implementation.

The program is geared towards Class B and C buildings that are older than five years, a market segment with significant opportunities for energy savings. ESC Automation, a long-time BOMA BC member, was selected to conduct the assessments after a competitive bidding process. (Source: BOMA BC, REMI Networks, 15 April, 2019) Contact: BOMA, BOMA Green Buildings Program,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Green Building news,  Building Energy Efficiency news,  

SDTC Commits $10.4Mn to Fortress Bioproducts Demo (Funding)
Fortress Global Enterprises,Sustainable Development Technology Canada
Date: 2019-04-10
British Columbia-based Fortress Global Enterprises Inc. reports its wholly-owned subsidiary, Fortress Xylitol Inc., has inked an agreement with Sustainable Development Technology Canada (SDTC) under which SDTC will contribute $10.4 million in funding to support the planned construction and operation of a xylitol and complementary bioproducts demonstration plant at Fortress' dissolving pulp mill in Thurso, Que. The funding is additional to Natural Resources Canada's (NRC) previously announced funding and an anticipated provincial investment and loan of up to $7 million.

The demonstration plant project is intended to demonstrate technology for the co-production of value-added and sustainable bioproducts that will help transform the wood pulp mill into a biorefinery. The process is expected to validate performance and produce pre-commercial quantities of food-grade xylitol and complementary bioproducts for testing and use by customers. Fortress also operates in the renewable energy generation sector through its cogeneration facility. Fortress operates its bioproducts business through Fortress Advanced Bioproducts Inc., which has laboratory and pilot plant facilities in Vancouver, British Columbia, Canada. (Source: Fortress Global Enterprises, April, 2019) Contact: Fortress, Giovanni Iadeluca, CEO, (888) 820-3888,,; Sustainable Development Technology Canada,, (613) 234-6313 ext. 0,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Bio-plastic,  Sustainable Development Technology Canada,  

Canada Investing $91.8Mn in Forest Innovation Program (Funding)
Canada investing $91.8M in Forest Innovation Program
Date: 2019-04-05
Beginning in 2020-21, Natural Resources Canada's Forest Innovation Program (FPInnovations) will receive $91.8 million over three years to help the Canadian forest sector innovate and grow, and help Canadian forest companies adopt new, innovative technologies.

Additionally, the Canadian government has committed to invest $22.7 million to help FPInnovations diversify markets and fight climate change. The funding includes more than $20.4 million to advance new forest-based products to the market and over $2.3 million to support a research project aimed at helping the forest industry protect market access and improve environmental performance across the forestry supply chain. (Source: FPInnovations, Natural Resources Canada, Canadian Biomass, 4 April, 2019)Contact: FPInnovations, Stephane Renou, Pres., CEO,

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NRCAN Supports Energy Efficiency in London, Ontario (Funding)
Date: 2019-04-02
Energy efficiency in industry strengthens competitiveness, lowers costs, maximizes profits and promotes a more sustainable environment. Promoting and rewarding energy-efficient practices are key components of Canada's approach to transitioning to a clean energy future.

To that end, Natural Resources Canada (NRCAN), facilitated by the Canadian Industry Partnership for Energy Conservation (CIPEC), has announced a $40,000 investment for London, Ontario-based Ingredion Canada Corporation for an energy management information system (EMIS) that will track and improve the company’s overall energy performance.

CIPEC includes more than 2,300 facilities representing 20 industrial sectors and over 50 trade associations. An award-winning partnership between the Government of Canada and Canadian industry, CIPEC advances industrial energy efficiency by promoting the uptake of energy management systems, best practices and technologies. (Source: Natural Resources Canada, 1 Apriil, 2019) Contact: CIPEC,; Natural Resources Canada,

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NRC Supports Social Housing Energy Efficiency Upgrades (Funding)
Pembina Institute,Natural Resources Canada
Date: 2019-03-22
In Vancouver, Natural Resource Canada (NRC) has announced a $600,000 investment in the British Columbia-based Pembina Institute to support two energy efficiency retrofit projects in Vancouver and to support future energy efficiency retrofits in other Canadian municipalities.

As part of the $600,000 investment, $200,000 is earmarked for the Affordable Housing Renewal Pilot Program for energy retrofits to B.C.'s social housing stock. In partnership with the B.C. Non-Profit Housing Association and the City of Vancouver, the program will retrofit up to five social housing complexes on the Lower Mainland, according to Natural Resources Canada. The remaining $400,000 will go toward five to eight additional Canadian municipalities looking to develop strategies to retrofit their multi-unit residential building stock, indicates the release. (Source: Pembina Institute, Journal of Commerce, 21 Mar., 2019) Contact: Pembina Institute, (604) 874-8558,; Natural Resources Canada, (343) 292-6100,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Natural Resources Canada,  Energy Efficiency,  Pembina Institute,  

NRC Funds Northern Biomass Pellet Project Feasibility Study (Funding)
Natural Resources Canada, Nihtat Corp
Date: 2019-03-11
In Ottawa, Natural Resources Canada (NRC) reports it will invest $220,000 to support a feasibility study that could result in the development of a wood pellet project in the Beaufort Delta region of the Northwest Territories.

The federal funds will enable the indigenous community-owned Nihtat Corp. to look into options for wood pellet plant development, wood-based biomass opportunities and biomass supply chain enhancements in the Beaufort Delta region. The project aims to cut carbon emissions and encourage the use of biomass as a healthy and economical choice for heating that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The funding is from Resources Canada's Clean Energy for Rural and Remote Communities program which aims to reduce the reliance of rural and remote communities on fossil fuel for heat and power, with particular emphasis on Indigenous communities. (Source: NRC, 5 Mar., 2019) Contact: Natural Resources Canada, (343) 292-6100,; Nihtat Corp.,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Natural Resources Canada,  Wood Pellet,  Woody Biomass,  Nihtat Corp ,  

Canada Int'l Renewable Energy Agency's Newest Member (Int'l)
International Renewable Energy Agency
Date: 2019-01-11
In Ottawa, the Canadian Natural Resources Minister Amarjeet Sohi has announced that Canada has joined the 159-menber International Renewable Energy Agency (IREA) as its newest member.

According to the release, IREA membership means Canada will promote its expertise in the development and deployment of renewable energy technologies and increase the presence and visibility of its cleantech sector internationally and demonstrate its leadership in renewable energy. (Source: Natural Resources Canada, PR, Canadian Biomass, 9 Jan., 2019) Contact: International Renewable Energy Agency,

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NRC Invests $15Mn in Que. Woody Biomass Pellet Project (Funding)
Natural Resource Canada,Granule 777
Date: 2018-11-16
In Ottawa, Natural Resource Canada (NRC) reports it will support the development of a fully integrated industrial wood pellet and sawmill complex under development by Granule 777 Inc. in Quebec adjacent to its Barrette-Chapais sawmill.

NRC's $15 million investment will be made through its Investments in Forest Industry Transportation program. Another federal agency, Canada Economic Development, will add $5 million to the project through its Quebec Economic Development Program .

WHen fully operational, the facility is expected to produce 210,000 metric tpy of wood pellets from 450,000 green metric tons of biomass. (Source: Natural Resources Canada, Nov., Various Media, Nov., 2018) Contact: Barrette-Chapais Granule 777, Benoit Barrette, Pres., (418) 745-2545,; Natural Resources Canada, (343) 292-6100,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Natural Resources Canada,  Wood Pellet,  Woody Biomass,  

NRC Invests $2Mn in Clean CO2 Conversion Technology (Funding)
Natural Resources Canada
Date: 2018-11-12
Natuiral Resource Canada (NRC) has announced a $2-million investment in Edmonton, Alberta-based Quantiam Technologies Inc. to support the company's completion of a carbon capture, storage (CCS) and use technology that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions and generate clean tech jobs.

This funding builds on NRC's previous $1.15 million investment in Quantiam, bringing the total investment to $3.15 million. The funding will enable Quantiam to complete a technology prototype that will convert CO2 and solar hydrogen to methanol to ultimately result in fewer emissions and promote job creation and training in the clean tech sector.

Details on the Natural Resources Canada Energy Innovation Program HERE

HERE. (Source: Natural Resources Canada, 9 Nov., 2018) Contact: Quantiam Technologies, (780) 462-0707,; NRC, (343) 292-6100,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Quantiam Technologies,  CO2,  Carbon Emissions,  Natural Resources Canada,  CCS,  Carbon Emissions,  

CO2 Solutions Awarded $375,000 for Carbon Capture R&D (Funding)
CO2 Solutions,Natural Resources Canada
Date: 2018-08-24
In Quebec City, CO2 Solutions reports it has been awarded $375,000 in grant funding from Natural Resources Canada (NRC) for research and development of its carbon capture technology. CO2 Solutions aims to pursue research on its absorbing solution system, with the aim of reducing its cost and further improving the equipment performance which would be integrated in the carbon capture process.

Natural Resources Minister Amarjeet Sohi said: "Our government continues to invest in innovative research and we are proud to support this carbon capture technology, setting Canadian companies on the path to a clean industrial revolution, leading the transformation of our energy future and creating good jobs for the middle class." (Source: Natural Resources Canada, CO2 Solutions, 23 Aug., 2018)Contact: CO2 Solutions, Evan Price, CEO, (418) 842-3456,,; Natural Resources Canada, (343) 292-6100,

More Low-Carbon Energy News CO2 Solutions,  Carbon Capture,  Natural Resources Canada,  

Ottawa Launches Green Jet Fuel Innovation Competition (Ind. Report)
Date: 2018-08-20
The Canadian Minister of Natural Resources, the Hon. Amarjeet Sohi has launched the Canadian Federal (Liberal) government's initiative to support and encourage Canadian innovation in the field of low-carbon aviation biofuels.

Under the 18-month competition, innovators can win $2 million apiece for four teams that develop the most innovative solutions to produce economical and environmentally sustainable aviation fuel. An additional $5 million grand prize is on the line, as well as a Cross-Canada Flight Competition where the first to fuel a Canadian commercial flight using a minimum 10 pct blend of Canadian-made biojet fuel will win $1 million.

The Canadian aviation industry has targeted a 50 pct reduction in CO2 emissions by 2050. (Source: Natural Resources Canada, Global News, 18 Aug., 2018) Contact: Natural Resources Canada, Hon. Amarjeet Sohi, Minister, 613-992-1013, ,,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Aviation Biofuel,  Jet Biofuel,  Green Fuel,  

Occupant Modelling for Building Design and Energy Codes Investigated at Carleton Univ (Ind. Report)
Carleton University
Date: 2018-08-17
. Better predicting this imbalance in energy use is what In Ottawa, Ontario, Carleton University assistant professor Burak Gunay and a team of colleagues report thay are working to better understand the energy savings that can be had when technologies are deployed to take advantage of a building's partial occupancy. The aim of the two-year program is to aid in the design of buildings that are better tuned to the way different people use energy in different building scenarios.

The Occupant Modelling for Building Design and Energy Codes study is receiving $350,750 from Natural Resources Canada as well as support from engineering consultancy RWDI and construction software firm Autodesk.

Energy-efficient buildings are a major part of Canada's climate strategy -- almost a third of energy used by consumers takes place in buildings and homes that represent 17 pct of Canada's total carbon pollution. Almost half of the energy use in Canada's buildings is from natural gas, followed by electricity, according to government statistics. The federal government’s national climate change framework relies on energy efficiency in buildings to help drive its carbon emissions reduction projections. The framework calls for building codes, which are under the authority of provinces and territories, to be progressively tightened to "net-zero" starting in 2020. While nearly all of the energy used in buildings is used by basic services like indoor heating, cooling and lighting, Prof. Gunay notes that building codes "aren't very good at taking into account how occupants actually use those services day to day." As heating, ventilation and air conditioning systems become more efficient, the role the occupants play in a building's energy use becomes more and more important, Gunay said. (Source: Carleton Unversity, National Observer, 14 Aug., 2018) Contact: Carleton University,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Building Codes,  Energy Consumption,  Energy Efficiency,  

Cadillac Fairview Touts Energy Smart Operations Success (Ind. Report)
Cadillac Fairview
Date: 2018-06-01
Toronto-headquartered high-end commercial property owner and operator Cadillac Fairview (CF) reports it has deployed its Energy Smart Operations (ESO) program in 27 CF buildings across Canada.

CF's data-driven ESO platform enables the organization to instill proactive measures for sustainability, achieve internal energy reduction targets as set by CF's pioneering Green at Work® sustainability program, extend equipment life, reduce both energy costs and tenant issues, and improve overall energy efficiency performance on building certifications.

CF also reports its Yonge Corporate Centre and Simcoe Place buildings in Toronto, and Tour Deloitte in Montreal have been awarded Natural Resources Canada ENERGY STAR certification from for superior energy performance. CF is one the first organizations in Canada to receive LEED and ENERGY STAR certification.

Valued at around $29 billion, CF's Canadian portfolio includes over 38 million square feet of leasable space at 67 properties. (Source: Cadillac Fairview Corp, PR, May, 2018) Contact: Cadillac Fairview, Karen Jalon, Senior Director, Sustainability and Energy Management, (416) 598-8246,; ENERGY STAR Canada,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Management,  Energy Efficiency,  ENERGY STAR Canada,  

NRCAN Launching Building Energy Star Certification (Ind. Report)
Natural Resources Canada,NRCAN
Date: 2018-04-02
In Ottawa, the Canadian Minister of Natural Resources (NRCAN) Hon. Jim Carr, reports Canada is launching an Energy Star certification for Canadian commercial and institutional buildings. The program is intended as a resource to help building owners and managers manage their energy consumption, increase energy efficiency and building energy performance, reduce costs and cut carbon emissions.

To kick-start the initiative, the government has launched a "Who Will Be the First?” challenge that recognizes the first to be certified under the program . (Source: Natural Resource Canada, Business Chief, Mar., 2018) Contact: Natural Resources Canada, (343) 292-6100,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Natural Resources Canada,  Energy Star,  Energy Efficiency,  NRCAN,  

NRCAN Investing $182Mn in Building Energy Efficiency (Funding)
Natural Resources Canada
Date: 2018-01-29
In Ottawa, Natural Resources Canada (NRCAN) is confirming $182-million in available funding to increase residential energy efficiency and address climate change. The funding, which is part of the Green Infrastructure Fund, will support: research, development and demonstration of solutions supporting the adoption of high-efficiency building codes; a program to help industry find and test cost-effective, technical solutions for high-performance buildings; the development of new energy standards for new and existing homes and buildings; and the expansion of energy-labeling programs to provide Canadians with better information on energy use empowering them to make smart choices on energy use.

Of the total investment, $48.4 million will fund research, development and demonstration of energy-efficient buildings which contribute approximately 17 pct of Canada's greenhouse gas emissions.

NRCN is seeking innovative partners as the Government of Canada develops and puts in place new building codes to improve energy efficiency in Canada. Proposals are now being accepted for research, development and demonstration projects HERE. (Source: Natural Resources Canada, (343) 292-6100,; Generation Energy,; Green Infrastructure Fund,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Natural Resources Canada,  Energy Efficiency,  

Canada Studies Scottish Home Energy Labeling (Ind. Report)
Natural Resources Canada
Date: 2018-01-26
Natural Resources Canada, as part of a collaboration funded by the UK High Commission in Ottawa, is studying Scotland' Home Energy Labeling system in an effort to improve energy efficiency and energy management labeling in Canadian buildings.

Scottish householders receive an Energy Proficiency Certificate issued by trained energy assessors when they sell or rent a house. An EPC ensures that energy and energy efficiency data collected in the home is accurate.

One distinctive feature of the mandatory Scottish EPC system is that several different organizations are involved at different stages of the process. For example, EST manages Scotland's EPC data, while a number of approved organizations ensure that assessors meet quality standards.

Canada's present provincially administered EnerGuide label system is a voluntary assessment with advice on increasing energy efficiency and cutting energy consumption. (Source: Energy Saving Trust, Jan., 2018) Contact: Energy Saving Trust, David Weatherall, Policy, +44 02 0 7222 0101,

More Low-Carbon Energy News Energy Efficiency,  Energy Management,  Natural Resources Canada,  

FPInnovations, Resolute Forest Products Tout Ontario Woody Biomass Bio-Chemicals Investment (Ind. Report)
FPInnovations,Resolute Forest Products
Date: 2018-01-24
Pointe-Clair, Quebec-based FPInnovations and Resolute Forest Products, also of Montreal, are reporting an investment in the implementation of a TMP-Bio pilot project in Thunder Bay, Ontario. The pilot project will develop new ways to produce and commercialize bio-chemicals derived from woody biomass.

Resolute will contribute $3.5 million and host the pilot project at its Thunder Bay pulp and paper mill. TMP-Bio is a patented technology developed by FPInnovations with financial support from Natural Resources Canada's Transformative Technologies Program.

The $21 million project is part of an initiative to renew and transform the forest products industry, building on investments made in 2012 by Resolute, the Ontario Centre for Research and Innovation in the Bio-Economy (CRIBE), Natural Resources Canada, the Northern Ontario Heritage Fund Corporation (NOHFC), the City of Thunder Bay and others. (Source: FP Innovations, PR, 22 Jan., 2018) Contact: FP Innovations, Stephane Renou, Pres., CEO, (514) 630-4100,,; Resolute Forest Products, 514 875-2160 or 1 800 361-2888,

More Low-Carbon Energy News FPInnovations,  Resolute Forest Products,  

Canada Considers Stringent Window Efficiency Standards (Ind. Report)
NRC Office of Energy Efficiency
Date: 2017-12-06
In Ottawa, the National Resources Canada (NRC) Office of Energy Efficiency reports it is considering minimum efficiency and performance standards, as well as testing, certification, labeling and reporting requirements for all windows manufactured or imported into Canada. The federal regulations would also complement provincial regulations that cover sales within provincial borders.

Presently, 17 pct of Canada's greenhouse gases are generated by buildings, with heating of the interior of structures representing 56-64 pct of energy use. Windows can account for up to 35 pct of heat loss from a typical home. If Canada switched all residential windows to a U-factor of 0.8, the country could reduce national energy consumption by 9 pct, according the NRC. (Source: NRC Office of Energy Efficiency, U.S. Glass News Network, 4 Dec., 2017) Contact: Natural Resources Canada Office of Energy Efficiency, Debbie Scharf, Director, (343) 292-6096,

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BGC, Edmonton Partnering on EnerGuide Rebates (Ind. Report)
Built Green Canada
Date: 2017-11-20
On the Canadian prairies, the City of Edmonton and Built Green Canada (BGC) report they are joining forces to offer a $200 rebate for BUILT GREEN® builders through the City's residential Spot the Difference program.

The Spot the Difference program aims to reduce home energy consumption and raise awareness of greenhouse gas emissions. New and existing homes can sign up to receive an energy rating using the EnerGuide Rating System (ERS), through Natural Resources Canada. The rating and other home details are then added to the Edmonton EnerGuide for Homes Map -- a platform that features the EnerGuide label of select homes in Edmonton, the year the home was built, and other details to help homeowners make informed decisions about a purchase.

Built Green Canada is an industry-driven, national non-profit organization, headquartered in Edmonton that offers third-party sustainable building programs to the residential building sector. Since its inception, over 29,500 homes have been certified. Including the units in multi-storey projects, the total is over 32,775, represented in Alberta, British Columbia, Saskatchewan, and Ontario. (Source: Built Green Canada, PR 17 Nov., 2017) Contact: City of Edmonton, Robyn Webb, (780) 442-0259,,; Built Green Canada, Jenifer Christenson , (855) 485-0920,,

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Energy Savings Trust Collaborating on Canadian Building Energy Performance Labeling Program (Ind. Report)
Natural Resources Canada,Energy Savings Trust
Date: 2017-11-10
In the UK, the Energy Saving Trust reports it is collaborating with Natural Resources Canada (NRC) to introduce building energy labeling schemes in Canada.

In the UK and Europe, buildings that are sold or rented is required to present an Energy Performance Certificate (EPC) that details the building's energy consumption, efficiency and related information to potential purchasers or renters. UK and European homes with higher EPC ratings have been shown to command a higher rental of sale value.

In the UK and Europe, the EPC has been a mandatory part of the buying, selling and renting process since 2008. In December 2016, the PanCanadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change -- Canada's country-wide climate change plan -- federal, provincial, and territorial governments agreed to work together on a program similar to the UK's. The Canadian program would require building energy use labels as early as 2019. (Source: NRC, 7 Nov., 2017) Contact: Natural Resources Canada, (343) 292-6100,; Energy Savings Trust,

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ENERGY STAR Cuts Could Threaten Canadian Climate Plan (Ind. Report)
Date: 2017-10-06
According to Natural Resources Canada (NRC), the Trump Administration's plan to slash the DOE ENERGY STAR program budget by 40 pct could cripple the program and put at risk up to one-third of the emissions reductions Canada hopes to achieve from its national climate change action plan. Indeed, NRC is skeptical that Canada could continue with the ENERGY STAR if the Americans withdraw.

President Trump's spring budget proposal has threatened to eliminate the entire $50 million funding for ENERGY STAR but House of Representatives passed its budget bill, which proposes to cut the ENERGY STAR budget by 40 pct.

Canada joined ENERGY STAR in 2001, and expects to spend spend approximately $10.5 million to run its side of the program this year. The ENERGY STAR program is the basis for almost all of the energy-efficiency programs run by Canadian provincial energy efficiency and climate change programs aimed at cutting nearly 30 million tonnes of carbon-equivalent emissions over the next 13 years . (Source: ENERGY STAR, Canadian Press, Various Media, 1 Oct., 2017) Contact: ENERGY STAR,

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NRC Investing $950,000 in Carbon Capture Conversion Tech. (Funding)
Natural Resources Canada
Date: 2017-09-18
In Ottawa, Natural Resources Canada (NRC) reports it is investing $950,000 in the University of Britich Columbia's Carbon Capture and Conversion Institute (CCCI) in Richmond, B.C. to support new technology to turn carbon emissions into building materials, alternative fuel and other valuable materials.

The investment will enable CCCI to establish a multi-purpose technology development and scale up facility to validate and test carbon capture and conversion technologies up to one tpd and prepare them for scale-up, for testing and commercialization. The facility will develop the most efficient solutions for GHG emissions from a broad range of industrial processes, according to the NRC release. (Source: Carbon Capture and Conversion Institute, NRC, Sept., 2017) Contact: Carbon Capture and Conversion Institute, Goran Vlajnic, Exec. Dir., (604) 696-6945,,; Natural Resources Canada,

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Negative CO2 Emissions from Biomass-Coal Blends Process Tested (Ind. Report)
Gas Technology Institute
Date: 2017-07-07
In Ottawa, Canada, the Gas Technology Institute, US DOE, Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) and CanmetENERGY-Ottawa, report the commissioning of a new 1 MW pilot thermal plant to advance the development of an oxygen-fired pressurized, fluidized bed combustion (Oxy-PFBC) process.

The Oxy-PFBC process generates electricity and heat with close to zero emissions by capturing the greenhouse gases created by biomass and coal combustion. PFBC process uses pressurised combustion of oxygen and recycling of CO2 to eliminate the presence of nitrogen and other constituents of air, minimizing the generation of pollutants and allowing the more efficient clean-up of CO2. The PFBC process can produce electricity from coal with nearly zero emissions, while biomass-coal blends can actually achieve negative emissions. (Source: NRCAN, Gas Technology InstituteBioenergy Insights, July, 2017) Contact: Natural Resources Canada,

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