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January 7, 2021 – Edmonton, Alberta – Public Services and Procurement Canada
Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) is taking concrete steps to meet the Government of Canada’s commitment in the Greening Government Strategy to reduce greenhouse gas emissions from federal government buildings, vehicle fleets and other operations.
The Honourable Anita Anand, Minister of Public Services and Procurement, announced the Government of Canada has launched Requests for Proposal to buy new clean electricity in the province of Alberta to power federal operations there.
As well, Canada will purchase Renewable Energy Certificates (REC) from new clean energy generation in Canada. This will enable Canada to attribute its energy consumption as clean in regions where new clean renewable sources are not yet available. The Government of Canada is excited about this opportunity to stimulate net new Canadian clean electricity generation through the procurement of RECs.
Together, these contracts will help to ensure Canada is reducing its greenhouse gas footprint by approximately 133 kilotonnes or 56% of total real property emissions in Alberta. Additionally, the contracts will displace approximately 41 kilotonnes of greenhouse gas emissions from electricity use in the rest of Canada.
Through these open, fair and transparent competitive procurement processes, PSPC will be a key purchaser of clean electricity and will support the growth of new clean electricity and renewable power infrastructure.
The Government of Canada’s Clean Electricity Initiative plans to use 100% clean electricity by 2022, where available, to reduce greenhouse gas emissions and stimulate growth in clean renewable power infrastructure. PSPC has applied the goals of the Government of Canada’s Clean Electricity Initiative to its specific requirement for net new clean electricity generation to power federal operations in Alberta.
These procurements will support economic opportunities for Indigenous businesses by encouraging participation in the move towards clean energy. Each Request for Proposal incorporates mandatory requirements for Indigenous participation through equity holdings or set-asides under the Procurement Strategy for Aboriginal Business.
“The Government of Canada is pleased to announce the launch of Requests for Proposal to buy new clean electricity in the province of Alberta. Today’s announcement is another important and significant step forward in support of the Greening Government Strategy.”
The Honourable Anita Anand
Minister of Public Services and Procurement
Office of the Honourable Anita Anand
Public Services and Procurement Canada