Natural Resources Canada

Natural Resources Canada

March 26, 2009 11:30 ET

Natural Resources Canada/Investing in the Future, Creating Jobs: Government of Canada Supports Eight New Clean Energy Projects

CALGARY, ALBERTA--(Marketwire - March 26, 2009) - Canada is strengthening its position as a world leader in clean energy technologies through an innovative partnership with the private sector. The Honourable Lisa Raitt, Minister of Natural Resources, today announced that the Government of Canada will fund eight proposals for the development and demonstration of carbon capture and storage technologies through the ecoENERGY Technology initiative.

"Canada's tremendous reserves of energy will remain an important source of economic strength for a long time to come," said Minister Raitt. "The major challenge we face today comes from identifying and implementing cleaner ways to produce and consume that energy. Our Government's support for the development of these innovative and promising technologies is just one of a number of important steps we're taking toward building a greener and more sustainable energy economy."

Successful proposals were submitted by partnerships led or co-led by ARC Resources, Enhance Energy, Spectra Energy Transmission, TransCanada, TransAlta, Husky, Enbridge and EPCOR. Minister Raitt met with the CEOs of each of these companies today along with representatives from the B.C., Alberta and Saskatchewan governments to establish a network that will share research and expertise in developing and demonstrating carbon capture and storage technologies.

Canada's Economic Action Plan includes new measures totalling almost $2.4 billion to support a cleaner and more sustainable environment and help meet Canada's climate change objectives.

A backgrounder providing details of the approved proposals is available at www.nrcan.gc.ca/media.

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Natural Resources Minister Lisa Raitt today announced that the Government of Canada will fund eight new clean energy projects through the ecoENERGY Technology initiative. The projects will develop and demonstrate carbon capture and storage technologies.

The following media backgrounder is available at www.nrcan.gc.ca/media: ecoENERGY Technology Initiative Call for Proposals

NRCan's news releases and backgrounders are available at www.nrcan.gc.ca/media.

Contact Information

  • Natural Resources Canada, Ottawa
    Office of the Minister
    Jasmine MacDonnell
    Press Secretary
    613-996-2007
    or
    Natural Resources Canada, Ottawa
    Media Relations
    613-992-4447