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July 7, 2011

Phase One Report on Energy Innovation Roadmap Released

To facilitate the evolution of Newfoundland and Labrador’s energy innovation strategy and identify priority areas for potential advancement of future energy technologies in the province, the Phase One report on the development of an Energy Innovation Roadmap was released today.

“The Energy Innovation Roadmap will be an important, strategic planning tool that will help government in its efforts to promote research and development in new and innovative energy technologies,” said the Honourable Shawn Skinner, Minister of Natural Resources. “The roadmap will allow us to take advantage of opportunities related to development of our energy resources and strengthen our province’s competitive position for energy innovation in the local and international export market.”

In its Energy Plan, the Government of Newfoundland and Labrador invested $5 million to provide detailed advice and recommendations on planning, implementing and financing innovation in the energy sector, including the creation of an Energy Innovation Roadmap. Development of the roadmap is being coordinated by a project steering committee chaired by the Department of Natural Resources, and comprising representatives from the Department of Innovation, Trade and Rural Development, Department of Business, Nalcor Energy, and the Research & Development Corporation.

The report was prepared by E4tech Limited who partnered with Orion Innovations and Dr. Wade Locke of Memorial University. Phase One of the Energy Innovation Roadmap includes a detailed analysis of Newfoundland and Labrador’s energy sector and innovation opportunities in several key areas including oil and gas, hydroelectricity, onshore wind, remote energy systems and energy transmission. The review also considered health and safety and environmental protection to guide future improvements in technology and practices.

Phase Two of the project will define the actions required to develop, commercialize and market innovations and technologies within the priority areas identified in Phase One, and it will identify the investments and partnerships required to support the long term implementation of the roadmap. Phase Two is expected to be completed in 2012.

“I look forward to the second phase of the Energy Innovation Roadmap,” said Minister Skinner. “Our government recognizes the need to support research and development, as well as opportunities for innovation and technological growth in the energy sector which will stimulate continued economic growth and employment within Newfoundland and Labrador.”

The report is available at www.gov.nl.ca/nr/publications/energy/index.html.

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Media contact:

Heather Maclean
Director of Communications
Department of Natural Resources
709-729-5282, 697-4137

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