TORONTO, May 2 /CNW/ - Bruce Ander, Chair of the Canadian District
Energy Association (CDEA), has added his congratulations to Simon
Fraser University (SFU) and SFU Community Trust - developers of
UniverCity, a sustainable community being built on Burnaby Mountain -
following the recent announcement that SFU, the Trust, Corix Utilities
and the Province of British Columbia will be partnering on development
of a community-based district energy system. The primary feedstock for
the project will be biomass in the form of recycled wood waste.
Ander noted that the Province of British Columbia will provide $4.7
million of the $39 million capital cost through the BC's Public Sector
Energy Conservation Agreement, with SFU agreeing to purchase energy
from Corix at a rate set by the B.C. Utility Commission. CDEA
President, Mary-Ellen Richardson, added that the system will allow SFU
to reduce its greenhouse gas emissions by over 80 per cent, allowing
the university to avoid penalties imposed on public bodies by the B.C.
government of approximately $1 million a year. "Timing is everything,"
she said. "By making this investment now at a time when its aging
natural gas boilers are reaching the end of their useful life, SFU and
new developments at UniverCity are gaining a high-efficiency heating
plant, which is consistent with the "sustainable urbanism" principles
espoused by award-winning UniverCity."
The announcement was made at SFU in celebration of Earth Day on April 25
by newly appointed Premier, the Hon. Christy Clark. In thanking the
Premier, UniverCity President Gordon Harris commented, "As a leading
sustainable community, we are proud to be a partner in bringing a
clean, cost-effective energy system to Burnaby Mountain."
The UniverCity project and many innovative initiatives like this one
will be discussed at the upcoming 16th annual CDEA conference to be held jointly with the International
District Energy Association (IDEA) June 24-26 in Toronto. For more
information on the conference, visit www.cdea.ca or call 416 365 0765.
The CDEA will support the creation of a shared understanding of District
Energy systems, increased community receptivity, and expanded industry
capacity so that DE project implementation will be accelerated across
SOURCE Canadian District Energy Association
For further information:
Contact: Mary Ellen Richardson, CDEA President
Phone: 416 365 0765