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Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Finance Chrystia Freeland has released the federal government’s Fall Economic Statement 2023 (the FES). The FES sets out two areas of focus: supporting the middle class through targeted affordability, mortgage support, and price stabilization measures; and measures to support housing construction and housing affordability generally.  This bulletin outlines key energy and climate highlights from the FES: Implementation of new clean economy investment tax credits for carbon capture, utilization and storage (CCUS), clean technology adoption, clean hydrogen, clean technology manufacturing, and clean electricity. Subject to consultations, FES commits to delivering all investment tax credits in 2024. The clean economy investment tax credits would be introduced through legislation this fall in the case of CCUS and Clean Technology, and by the end of 2024 in all other cases, with projected effective dates as follows: CCUS: January 1, 2022 Clean Technology: March 28, 2023 Clean Hydrogen: March 28, 2023 Clean Technology Manufacturing: January 1, 2024 Clean Electricity: Budget 2024 for projects that did not begin construction before March 28, 2023. Expansion of the 30-per-cent Clean Technology investment tax credit. FES proposes to expand eligibility to include systems that produce electricity, heat, or both electricity and heat from waste biomass. This expansion will apply to eligible property that is acquired and becomes available for use on or after the date of the FES. Expansion of the 15-per-cent Clean Electricity investment tax credit. FES proposes to expand eligibility to include systems that produce electricity or both electricity and heat from waste biomass. This expansion will apply to eligible projects as of the date of Budget 2024, provided that construction did not begin before March 28, 2023.   Canada Growth Fund. The Canada Growth Fund (CGF) announced its first investment on October 25, 2023, with a $90 million investment in Calgary’s Eavor…