$1.24 Million Available for Community Energy Leadership

The Ministry of Energy and Mines, on behalf of its provincial partners, has posted a Request for Expressions of Interest (RFEI) to B.C. local governments and First Nations to determine the level of interest in, and eligibility for, a potential Call for Applications under the newly created Community Energy Leadership Program (CELP).

This $1.24M program is a component of the Ministry’s Innovative Clean Energy Fund, designed to support government’s energy, economic, environmental and greenhouse gas reduction priorities and advance British Columbia’s clean energy sector.

The objective of the Ministry’s CELP is to provide local governments and First Nations with funding ranging from $20,000 to $80,000 per application. The Program is scheduled to run for the next three fiscal years (2015/16 through to 2017/18, inclusive). Separate calls for applications will be made for each year. Communities will be eligible for funding if they undertake:

  • One of a range of renewable energy capital projects that the local government or First Nation has part (e.g., IPP equity stake) or full ownership of; or
  • A major energy efficiency initiative applied specifically to the local government’s or First Nation’s own infrastructure.

Communities are invited to provide a completed RFEI no later than Monday, May 4th 2015 by email to Leah Davies, Ministry of Energy and Mines. Please refer to RFEI number “CELP2015” in your message. 

Should any local government or First Nation have questions about the RFEI, please contact Ted Sheldon, Ministry of Energy and Mines, at (250) 356-1507.

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