February Cleantech Roundup:
News and Stories from the Canadian Cleantech Ecosystem

February 6, 2024

Welcome to the Cleantech Roundup — your go-to hub for the latest news and developments from the Canadian cleantech sector. 

Cleantech is a dynamic, fast-paced industry, with new policy announcements, investor and venture capital news, and exciting industry developments being discovered daily. Check back regularly for exciting updates. We’ll update this page as the news unfolds, keeping you up to date with everything you need to know to maneuver through the cleantech market.

Minister Guilbeault Provides Update with New Design Options for the Clean Electricity Regulations

On February 16, the Honourable Steven Guilbeault, Minister of Environment and Climate Change, released an update on the consultations and the design options being considered for the final Clean Electricity Regulations. These options address the feedback received during the last six months of extensive consultations with provincial and territorial governments, the Canada Electricity Advisory Council, Indigenous representatives, electricity providers, industry, environmental organizations, and interested Canadians.


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New Funding Will Help Alberta Municipalities To Install Energy Efficient Improvements 

Using Technology Innovation and Emissions Reduction (TIER) program funding, Alberta is investing $18 million to help communities hire staff, replace windows, upgrade lights and make practical improvements to arenas, community centres and other buildings. This funding will allow the Municipal Climate Change Action Centre (MCCAC) to build on its suite of programs, helping Alberta municipalities save energy, lower costs and reduce emissions.


New Clean Technology Program for the Agriculture Industry in Prince Edward Island

There’s a new funding program for agricultural producers in PEI looking to adopt clean technologies to decrease greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions, optimize energy use on farms, and increase farm resilience by reducing energy costs. The PEI Agriculture Energy Systems Pilot Program (PEIAgESP) is a $1.4 million provincial investment into the local agriculture industry.  The program will support farmers by offsetting costs associated with energy use optimization, switching fuel sources and a variety of other activities to increase supplies of renewable energy for agriculture productions.  


Government of Canada Announces Federal Investment in Gatineau Clean Hydrogen Production

The investment will support Gazifère Inc. in conducting a hydrogen blending feasibility study. Specifically, the study will assess the development of a water electrolysis facility that would allow for the injection of low-carbon hydrogen to help decarbonize Gazifère's gas distribution network across the Outaouais region. This result is estimated to reduce emissions by over 18,000 tonnes annually by displacing nearly 10 million cubic metres of conventional gas per year.


Canada Announces Over $4 million to Support Critical Minerals Value Chains and Create Good Jobs in Ontario

Canada is well positioned to be a leader in the responsible, inclusive and sustainable production of critical minerals. These minerals play a key role in powering the green and digital economy, and demand for them is projected to increase significantly. That is why Canada is seizing this opportunity by making smart investments in critical minerals value chains to support the development and deployment of clean energy and technology.  


Alberta's Green Energy Project Moratorium to End in February as Scheduled

Alberta's moratorium on new wind and solar power projects will be lifted at the end of the February, Premier Danielle Smith confirmed on Monday. During the moratorium, the Alberta Utilities Commission (AUC) was tasked with reviewing policies around the use of agriculture and public land, land reclamation, and the role of municipalities in land selection for projects. 


Eight Ways the Sustainable Economy is (still) Taking Over

Corporate Knights’ annual Global 100 ranking of the world’s most sustainable corporations turned 20 this year in Davos. And the corporations that make up the Global 100 are proving that companies that set the standard for sustainability excellence can also outperform the market over time. Now is the time to double down.