Energy Innovation Program Smart Grid Demonstration Call for Proposals
Status: Open to expressions of interest from October 30, 2023 to January 10, 2024
For the Demonstration Focus Area, information sessions will be hosted virtually at 1:00PM ET on December 4, 2023 (English) and December 5, 2023 (French).
The goal of this information session is to offer guidance on the application process and provide an avenue for interested applicants to ask questions in a live Q&A format. If you are unable to attend the session, please let us know and we can send you a recording of the presentation.
Demonstration Focus Area
The Demonstration Focus Area will provide support to projects which demonstrate innovation in smart grid technologies/solutions, and market or contract mechanisms (innovations may be jurisdiction specific). Specifically, the objectives of this focus area are to:
- Accelerate grid modernization to better utilize the capacity of existing electricity assets; increase the reliability, resiliency, and flexibility of the power system; and increase the penetration of distributed energy resources.
- Improve customer accessibility of grid-integrated solutions which provide more affordable energy and lower total greenhouse gas emissions.
- Sufficiently represent a given electric system to meaningfully inform future deployment considerations.
- Address well-defined market gaps with a proposal to build business solutions.
- Advance inclusivity, diversity, equity, and accessibility (IDEA) in the electricity sector.
- Involve the electricity distribution system
- Share knowledge and insights to enhance public awareness
Demonstration projects must address technological or market challenges by validating and deploying pre-commercial technologies and/or market concepts. Projects as a whole should aim for Technology Readiness Levels (TRL) of between 5 and 8.
The call is open to the following eligible Canadians:
- Legal entities validly incorporated or registered in Canada including:
- For profit and not-for-profit organizations;
- Community groups; and
- Canadian academic institutions.
- Provincial, territorial, regional, and municipal governments and their departments and agencies, where applicable.
- Indigenous communities or governments;
- Tribal Councils or entities that fulfill a similar function (e.g., general councils);
- National and regional councils, and tribal organizations;
- Indigenous (majority owned and controlled by Indigenous people) for-profit and not-for-profit organizations.
For the purposes of this Applicant Guide, the term “Indigenous” is understood to include Inuit, Métis, First Nation, Status Indian and non-Status Indian individuals, or any combination thereof.
It is expected that the proponent, i.e., the entity that will sign a contribution agreement with Natural Resources Canada (NRCan), will be the majority owner of any assets purchased in full or in part through funding provided by NRCan.
Program funding for this call is open to projects that request between $500,000 and $6,000,000 (comprising up to 50% of total project costs).
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The Energy Innovation Program provides non-repayable contributions for projects.
IMPORTANT: Details on eligibility and funding can be found in the Applicant Guide. Applicants are encouraged to download and read through the guide to determine eligibility.
How to apply
The call’s project selection process has two phases:
- Expression of interest (EOI) phase, open to all eligible applicants
- Full project proposal (FPP) phase, open to invited applicants only
To apply, applicants must complete and submit their EOI via the Applicant Portal by 11:59 a.m. EST on January 10, 2024.
Applicants are responsible for ensuring that they meet the eligibility criteria and that their EOI is fully completed and successfully submitted by the deadline.
NRCan reserves the right to apply the following additional criteria when selecting projects at the EOI and FPP stages:
- Projects that support departmental priorities such as regional balance in Canada and socio-economic considerations.
Next steps and timelines
The following timelines are anticipated for the call. NRCan, at its sole discretion, reserves the right to modify these anticipated timelines.
|Open for EOI Applications||October 30, 2023|
|Deadline for EOI Applications||January 10, 2024
11:59 a.m. EST
|Notification of EOI Results||Winter/Spring 2024|
|Deadline for FPP Submissions||Spring 2024|
|Project Selection/Notification||Spring/Summer 2024|
|Due Diligence||Fall/Winter 2024|
|Negotiation and Signing of Contribution Agreements||Winter 2024/2025|
Need help? Contact us
For any questions regarding the call, please contact NRCan at email@example.com. During regular operations, NRCan will strive to respond within two business days.
For technical support with the Applicant Portal, please contact firstname.lastname@example.org.
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