Nazim Cicek, Winnipeg Free Press
The 2018 Winnipeg municipal election is fast approaching. Candidates for mayor and city council are fanning out across the city to discuss their policies on a variety of locally important issues. Let me pose a question to all running for office: if you had a chance to stop wasting $3 million annually and save 30,000 tonnes of CO2 (which is equal to replacing 6,000 gasoline cars with electric ones), would you do it?
Naturally, the answer should be: yes, but how?
Currently, landfill biogas equal in value to about $3 million of natural gas annually collected at the Brady Road Resource Management Facility is being flared and wasted. This is like running a wood stove on stacks of dollar bills. Instead, this landfill gas could be cleaned, a pipeline to University of Manitoba Fort Garry Campus built and the boilers on campus upgraded to displace most of the natural gas used in the campus power plant.
The university has the only district energy system located near the Brady Road facility. District energy systems produce hot water, steam or chilled water at a central plant and then distribute the energy through underground pipes to buildings connected to the system.