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May 7, 2013 by STAFF REPORT

The Government of Canada is investing close to $12 million in five innovative clean energy projects in Ontario.

The projects fall under the government’s ecoEnergy Innovation Initiative––a program that has received $268 million in funding over five years for research, development, job creation, and other energy efficient economic opportunities that are good for the environment.

“This program demonstrates our tangible support for energy projects that drive energy innovation,” said Joe Oliver, Minister of Natural Resources, in a media release.

The five projects receiving funding include: $2,678,000 to Lafarge Canada in Bath for a biomass project to process low-carbon waste materials; $2,000,000 to Wasdell Falls LP for low-head hydro turbines in Wasdell Falls; $5,000,000 to the Canada-Israel Industrial R&D Foundation to support high-quality scientific research partnerships; $1,440,000 million to Carleton University for a pilot-scale supercritical carbon dioxide demonstration loop; and $865,000 to Sumaran in Ottawa for research into energy-efficient buildings.

Dean Del Mastro, MP for Peterborough and parliamentary secretary, said the investment is good news for Ontario as the province strives to become a leader in clean energy.

“New innovative clean energy projects stimulate our local economy while helping protect the environment,” he said.

These five projects are among 55 that were announced on May 3 by Prime Minister Stephen Harper, representing an investment of more than $82 million through the clean energy initiative.