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ecoENERGY for Biofuels

The ecoENERGY for Biofuels Program supports the production of renewable alternatives to gasoline and diesel and encourages the development of a competitive domestic industry for renewable fuels. The Program provides an operating incentive to facilities that produce renewable alternatives to gasoline and diesel in Canada.

Ethanol Expansion Program (EEP)

The Ethanol Expansion Program (EEP) aims to increase domestic production and use of ethanol, a renewable transportation fuel, and reduce transportation-related greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions.

The EEP provided contributions, with repayment terms, toward the construction financing of new or expansion fuel ethanol production facilities in Canada. These plants are now built and are producing ethanol at a collective nameplate capacity of approximately 1 billion litres per year.

Renewable Fuels Regulation

The Renewable Fuels Regulations, published on September 1, 2010 in the Canada Gazette, Part II, require an average renewable fuel content of five per cent in gasoline starting December 15, 2010.

The Regulations include provisions that govern the creation of compliance units, allowing trading of these units among participants and also require recordkeeping and reporting to ensure compliance.