Forging Ahead: Update on Fink Enderby’s Biomass District Energy System

By District Energy posted 08-07-2019 13:06

  

Canadian Biomass

Summary

According to the International District Energy Association, there are at least six biomass-fueled district energy systems operating across Canada as of May 2019. That number is likely higher with a handful of small First Nations communities in B.C., Yukon and the N.W.T. installing these systems over the past few years.

All are owned and operated not for profit either by universities, municipal governments or residential developers to economically heat their own buildings – save one.

Fink Enderby District Energy is successfully running as a private for-profit mini-utility for a handful of nearby customers in Enderby, B.C.

Canadian Biomass first toured the Fink Enderby District Energy installation when it opened in 2012 as the first privately funded biomass district energy system in western Canada. The project was hailed as a benchmark for speed and affordability compared to the typical cumbersome process to approve, design and install a biomass-fuelled system. Operating as a private utility under 1 MW registered by the British Columbia Utilities Commission, Fink Enderby originally served eight commercial, municipal and residential customers.

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