Government of Canada and FCM support Saskatoon’s exploration of district energy option (26/05/2015)
A district energy system provides heat from a single source to a number of residential, commercial or institutional buildings.
Saskatoon, SK — Parliamentary Secretary Kelly Block, on behalf of the Honourable Greg Rickford, Canada's Minister of Natural Resources and Minister for the Federal Economic Development Initiative for Northern Ontario, and Brad Woodside, President of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) and Mayor of the City of Fredericton, New Brunswick, today announced a Green Municipal Fund™ (GMF) grant contribution of $58,150 for the City of Saskatoon. The funding has been put toward a feasibility study for a district energy system (DES) that would provide efficient low-carbon heating from a single source to buildings in the north downtown area.
"Our Government is helping municipalities across the country to achieve their goal of a cleaner and healthier environment for their citizens through the Green Municipal Fund," said Parliamentary Secretary Block. "Today's announcement is another example of how our government — in partnership with the FCM — is helping communities like the City of Saskatoon build a greener future for our citizens."
"The Green Municipal Fund offers a range of resources and services that specifically addresses the sustainable community development needs of municipal governments," said Mr. Woodside. "The financing and knowledge provided by the Fund support the development of communities that are more environmentally, socially and economically sustainable."
The study will consider the technical and financial feasibility of a natural gas DES to cover approximately 100 hectares in Saskatoon. It would serve City Hall and other existing buildings, and grow in conjunction with 430,000 m2 of new residential and commercial development. Results of the study will be reported in summer 2015.A combined heat and power DES for the study area would reduce CO2 emissions by 33,000 to 44,000 tonnes per year. Saskatoon has also investigated the use of deep-well ground source heating and waste heat from the Queen Elizabeth Power Station.
"Development of a district energy system demonstrates Saskatoon's commitment to growth based on the triple bottom-line of environmental, financial and social needs," said Mayor Donald Atchison. "By conserving energy and reducing greenhouse gas emissions, we can grow a greener Saskatoon for us all."
The Government of Canada endowed the Federation of Canadian Municipalities with $550 million to establish the Green Municipal Fund™. The Fund supports partnerships and leveraging of both public and private-sector funding to reach higher standards of air, water and soil quality, and climate protection.
FCM has been the national voice of municipal governments since 1901. It fosters the development of sustainable communities to improve quality of life by promoting strong, effective, and accountable municipal government.