CDEA Congratulates B.C. Government Decision To Invest In District Energy on Burnaby Mountain

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 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 Canada.

SOURCE Canadian District Energy Association

For further information:

Contact: Mary Ellen Richardson, CDEA President
Phone: 416 365 0765

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