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Classifying Energy Projects for First Nations Communities

Updated: Oct 17, 2023

Understanding your First Nations communities energy project is important and allows you to identify whether it fits with a specific grant of other funding opportunity. The following list is

not "all encompassing", but based on our experience, a project can typically be classified as one of the following:

Energy Savings:

Reducing energy used within fixed assets (homes and buildings). Will incoude new builds (codes and standards) and retrofits. Often subcategorized between residential vs. non-residential. Most will also focus on GHG (green house gas) reductions.


Generating energy from clean sources (electricity and/or heat). Often subcategorized by scale (ie: small projects vs. large projects) and in some cases technology. Again, most will also focus on GHG reductions

Transmission and Distribution:

Ensuring that electricity can be reliable accessed (or distributed from) a community. Electricity distribution and transmission, natural gas distribution etc.


Reducing energy associated with transportation. Can include increasing electric vehicles (EV's), installing EV instrastructure, and other unique opportunities (ride sharing programs, urban planning, etc.).

Climate Resiliency:

Constructing (or retrofitting) building to ensure they will withstand the anticipated impacts of climate change.

Capacity Building:

Training and staff resources. Can be related specifically to any of the other categories described above.

To find out how we can help you with your communities energy needs, please see contact us at: (705) 657-1126 and ask to speak with Shayne Hill (CIPS Manager of Energy and Infrastructure). Feel free to click the chat button in the bottom right hand corner to have a quick chat with CIPS. You can email us at:

To set up a short 15 minute consultation with our CEO, Mike Jacobs, please see this page here. Chi Miigwetch (thank you) and good luck!

Related Project Showcase: WDC Community Energy Plan Update

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