Alberta seeks projects for up to $10 million matching grant

By Susanne Retka Schill | June 19, 2012

Alberta is looking for a few good renewable energy projects promising greenhouse gas (GHG) reduction. The Climate Change and Emissions Management Corp. issued its call for proposals to qualify for a total of $40 million in matching funds, with a maximum of $10 million over three years for a single project.

Biofuels are included in the bioenergy area, along with biogas, biosludge, landfill gas and other forms of energy from biomass. Other development areas invited to apply for project support include wind, geothermal, hydro power, solar and energy storage systems.

CCEMC is an Alberta -based nonprofit corporation whose mandate from the Alberta government is to expand climate change knowledge, develop new clean technologies and explore practical ways of implementing them. Funding for the program comes from tax assessments on Alberta oil production that are earmarked for renewable energy development .The program’s goals include funding clean technology projects that achieve sustainable reduction in GHG emissions and to support the research, development and deployment of transformational technology.

Proposals will be accepted from industry, industrial associations, small- and medium-sized enterprises, municipalities, research and development organizations, technology developers, and nonprofit organizations. Projects may be at any stage of development, and are not required to take place in Alberta. They must be applicable to Alberta, however, and those involving an Alberta-based facility or end user will be favored. Projects submitted, or to be submitted, to Alberta Energy’s Bioenergy Producers Credit Program are not eligible.

“Clearly, biofuels such as cellulosic ethanol will play an important part in Alberta’s goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions,” said Alfred Malouf, senior program manager at NineSigma. Ohio-based NineSigma Inc. is helping the CCEMC notify innovators from around the world of the funding opportunity.

The first step in the application process is to complete an Expression of Interest application.The deadline for pre-proposals is Sept. 27. Applications approved for final submission will be notified by December. Full proposals will be due in late February.