Mike Vlasveld, Ottawa Matters
The City of Ottawa could save $80-million in utilities over the next 25 years while reducing greenhouse gas emissions, after $57.2-million in upgrades to its cogeneration system at the Robert O. Pickard Environmental Centre.
The Standing Committee on Environmental Protection, Water and Waste Management recommended going forward with the project on Monday.
The cogeneration system converts methane from the wastewater treatment process into electricity and heat for the plant. The methane can also be used as gas for the plant’s boilers, reducing how much natural gas the city needs to purchase. Since the system came online in 1997, it has saved the city between $1-million and $1.4-million in utility costs per year.
The upgrades would be completed by the end of 2024.