0209 GMT July 20, 2019
The Honourable Catherine McKenna, Canadian Minister of Environment and Climate Change, on behalf of the Honourable Amarjeet Sohi, Canada's Minister of Natural Resources, announced support of more than $392,000 for three energy efficiency and climate change projects, newswire.ca reported.
The Canadian Electricity Association received $206,000 through Natural Resources Canada's Climate Change Adaptation Program to help community and utility leaders gain the expertise needed for the development, adoption and implementation of climate change adaptation plans for electrical systems across Canada.
Also through the Climate Change Adaptation Program, QUEST, a national non-government organization that works to accelerate the adoption of efficient and integrated community-scale energy systems in Canada, received $111,000 to assess local climate risks and implement measures to improve community resilience. This initiative targets six municipalities — Dauphin and the Rural Municipality of Alexander, Manitoba; Woodstock, New Brunswick; and Stratford, Charlottetown and Summerside, Prince Edward Island — whose energy systems have been impacted by ice storms, flooding or forest fires as a result of climate change.
The Efficiency Valuation Organization (EVO) received $75,000 through Natural Resources Canada's Energy Efficiency Program to address key barriers to private sector investment in energy efficiency. Thanks to this project, EVO will also establish guidelines for financial institutions to use when evaluating and financing energy efficiency projects in Canada.
The new announcement is part of the government's plan to cut pollution, grow the economy and build healthier communities for all Canadians.