Oct. 20, 2020

Natural Resources Canada's Industrial Energy Management program now accepting applications


Article by Natural Resources Canada


Natural Resources Canada’s Industrial Energy Management program is now accepting applications for funding until November 20 at 23:59 EST for projects to be completed by March 31, 2022. To request the application package, send an email to nrcan.rfpindustry-ddpindustrie.rncan@canada.ca.

Financial assistance is available to help fund your industrial facility’s energy management project. Natural Resources Canada (NRCan) will provide financial assistance of up to 50% of eligible costs, to a maximum of $40,000 per facility. This financial assistance can be combined with other funding sources. When it is, NRCan may adjust its level of funding so that the combined level of financial assistance from all public sources does not exceed 75% of total eligible project costs.

Eligible Projects

The following types of projects will be considered for assistance:

Eligibility for Financial Assistance

Eligible facilities are those engaged in energy consuming processes that involve the physical or chemical transformation of materials or substances into new products. Products may be finished (ready to use or consume) or semi-finished (raw material). Related activities include assembling component parts, blending materials, and finishing products.

To receive our cost-shared assistance, the company/facility needs to be a CIPEC leader.

Facilities located in British Columbia may be eligible for additional cost-shared financial assistance from the British Columbia Ministry of Energy and Mines.

Evaluation Process

Each application is evaluated using a set of merit-based criteria. The criteria include energy savings potential, project feasibility and proposal completeness. As part of an approval decision, the completeness of your proposal may influence the assessment of the application.

Eligible projects should:

  • be intended to improve industrial energy performance and reduce greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions
  • demonstrate potential for learning and/or replication
  • have results that can be disseminated to promote energy management best practices
  • have potential to recommend technical projects and practices that represent energy savings

If your project is selected for funding, a program officer will contact your company to outline how to proceed. Approved projects will be offered financing until all funds have been committed.

How to apply

To be eligible for financial assistance, an organization must follow this process:

Steps to Apply

  1. Email NRCan to request the Application Guide and project proposal template.
  2. Write your proposal following the instructions in the template.
  3. Submit your proposal to NRCan for review and acceptance before you begin your project.

Note: If facility/company is not already a CIPEC Leader, find out how to register.

Application Process

  1. Notification of receipt of your proposal is sent to you within 7 business days.
  2. NRCan will make every effort to send you a decision letter by January 15, 2021. If your project is selected, you will receive a Letter of Conditional Approval.

Final selection decisions remain at the sole discretion of Natural Resources Canada.

Process after Approval

  1. A program officer will send you a draft contribution agreement for review within a month of issuing the Letter of Conditional Approval.
  2. A program officer will confirm when work can begin and provide templates for reporting.
  3. As described in the contribution agreement, you must submit reports and financial claims. A program officer will provide guidance, review the reports and process the claims.

ISO 50001 Energy Management Systems Standard projects

Financial assistance is available to help you implement the voluntary ISO 50001 Energy Management Systems Standard in your industrial facility. Read more about ISO 50001.

Eligible costs

  • salaries of internal employees for work specific to the energy management system (EnMS)
  • professional, scientific and technical fees specific to the EnMS
  • fees for data collection, benchmarking, monitoring and analysis services
  • purchase of instrumentation software and metering equipment (other capital costs are ineligible)
  • fees associated with obtaining ISO 50001 certification (re-certification or fees associated with re-certification are ineligible)
  • fees associated with training on the EnMS

Ineligible costs

  • fees for tasks started before NRCan’s approval and execution of a Contribution Agreement
  • energy retrofits
  • purchase and installation of equipment and systems (with the exception of the purchase of instrumentation software and metering equipment)
  • capital projects
  • ISO 50001 re-certification or fees associated with re-certification

EMIS projects

An Energy Management Information System (EMIS) is a performance management system that enables individuals and organizations to plan, make decisions and take effective actions to manage energy use and costs. Read more about EMIS.

Eligible costs

  • salaries of internal employees for work specific to the EMIS
  • professional, scientific, technical and contracting services specific to the EMIS
  • fees for data collection, benchmarking, monitoring and analysis services 
  • purchase of instrumentation software and metering equipment
  • fees associated with training on the EMIS

Ineligible costs

  • fees for tasks started before NRCan’s approval and execution of a Contribution Agreement
  • energy retrofits
  • purchase and installation of equipment and systems (with the exception of the purchase of instrumentation software and metering equipment for EMIS)
  • capital projects

Process Integration (PI) and Computational Fluid Dynamics (CFD) studies

Financial assistance for PI and CFD studies can help lower the cost of hiring a technical firm to perform these types of assessments. Facilities undertaking these studies typically have complex energy systems with many heat exchangers and use large amounts of energy – usually more than 75,000 gigajoules per year.

A PI study is a global energy analysis that looks at

  • how your organization uses heat
  • where you can recover heat
  • what could be the best use for that heat in your facility

A CFD study can help you to

  • analyze fluid flow and heat transfer in industrial processes by modeling how liquids and gases interact with surfaces
  • identify the most efficient ways to design and operate systems

Eligible costs

  • salaries
  • professional, scientific, technical and contracting services
  • data collection, benchmarking, monitoring and analysis services
  • training
  • technical audits, assessments and evaluations

Ineligible costs

  • fees for tasks started before NRCan’s approval and execution of a Contribution Agreement
  • equipment purchases
  • capital projects