Climate Change and Emissions Management (CCEMC) Corporation

Climate Change and Emissions Management (CCEMC) Corporation

November 26, 2013 13:59 ET

Climate Change and Emissions Management (CCEMC) Corporation Commits Clean Technology Funding for New Energy Efficiency Projects Valued at $29 Million

EDMONTON, ALBERTA--(Marketwired - Nov. 26, 2013) - The Climate Change and Emissions Management (CCEMC) Corporation is committing nearly $10 million for four new projects that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions in Alberta. The projects will improve energy efficiency and reduce carbon emissions by more than 240,000 tonnes of CO2e by 2020.

"The CCEMC is helping industry to remove barriers associated with energy efficient innovations," said CCEMC Chair Eric Newell. "We anticipate that these projects will build broader awareness and spur adoption of energy saving technologies."

The CCEMC provides funding for projects that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions and invites new project submissions twice every year. This round of funding focuses on energy efficiency projects that have the potential for broader adoption in Alberta but would not be feasible without additional financial support.

"Energy efficiency remains a cornerstone of our provincial efforts to reduce greenhouse gases and meet our climate change targets," said Alberta Environment and Sustainable Resource Development Minister Diana McQueen. "Investment in projects that exemplify ingenuity and innovation are key to ensuring that Alberta continues to be a leader in environmental responsibility and sustainability, while at the same time reducing greenhouse gases."

An ATCO Gas project will receive more than $1.8 million to incorporate Combined Heat and Power (CHP) technology in commercial and institutional buildings. CHP uses natural gas to do two jobs - provide electricity and heat. This project aims to raise awareness of CHP and how it can be best utilized in facilities such as recreation centres, greenhouses and large apartment buildings.

Genalta Power Inc. will receive more than $4.8 million for a waste heat project in the Peace Region that will provide emission-free power from multiple waste energy sources. The project will serve as a template for application to a broad range of industries and industrial processes found in Alberta.

Devon Canada will receive funding for two separate projects at the Jackfish 1 Thermal Facility near Conklin, Alberta. The first project will install a turbo-expander to capture the energy that is released by a throttling valve and will receive more than $900,000. The turbo-expander generates electricity. The project will generate an estimated 5-10 per cent of the facility's power requirements, offsetting the requirement for grid electricity and reducing GHG emissions.

A second Devon Canada project involves the installation of an Organic Rankine Cycle (ORC) turbine to harness low-grade waste heat from the glycol cooling process. The ORC turbine uses the waste heat to generate electricity. The project will also generate an estimated 5-10 per cent of the facility's power requirements, offsetting the requirement for grid electricity and reducing GHG emissions. The CCEMC is providing nearly $2 million to support this project.

The projects were selected from the CCEMC's sixth Expression of Interest, which targets commercial and near-commercial energy efficient technology that faces implementation barriers. Eligible projects included facilities that emit more than 50,000 tonnes of CO2 annually and commercial/ municipal facilities where there is an energy efficiency protocol in place suitable to quantify GHG reductions.

In February, the CCEMC launched an international $35 million Grand Challenge to find innovative uses for carbon. The first group of projects from the CCEMC Grand Challenge will be announced in April at Zero2014 a conference that will bring together innovators, municipal leaders and policy influencers. Register now at zero2014.com.

The CCEMC is a not-for-profit corporation that focuses on stimulating transformative change by funding projects that reduce greenhouse gas emissions and help Alberta adapt to climate change. Funding for the CCEMC is collected from industry. Since 2007, facilities that annually produce more than 100,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions are required to reduce their greenhouse gas intensity by 12 per cent relative to a historic baseline. Paying $15 into the Climate Change and Emissions Management Fund for every tonne over the reduction limit is one compliance option.

In addition to the Grand Challenge, twice each year the CCEMC invites submissions for projects that will reduce greenhouse gas emissions. The organization currently has $40 million available for projects that reduce GHG emissions or enhance carbon sequestration from biological sources. Details are available at ccemc.ca/apply.

To view the Backgrounder associated with this release, please visit the following link: http://media3.marketwire.com/docs/CCEMC_Backgrounder.pdf

Contact Information

  • Climate Change and Emissions Management (CCEMC) Corporation
    Celia Sollows
    780-239-4150
    celia@ccemc.ca