Fate of Downtown district energy initiative in flux: City may be out $3 million

By District Energy posted 10-27-2019 00:00


Jeff Labine, Edmonton Journal


Edmonton’s Downtown district energy initiative — a key tool to reduce the city’s emission levels — could be on the chopping block.

And it could cost Edmonton more than $3 million, at the same time hampering the Francis Winspear Centre for Music’s expansion plans.

The problem started in August when the Alberta Utilities Commission (AUC) denied Enmax’s application for a regulatory exemption, a crucial part of the business case for the initiative. The plan was for Enmax, in partnership with the city and Epcor, to be the plant’s owner and operate out of the Winspear Centre.

With that no longer the case, city administration has laid out in an upcoming report a few options to consider, including shelving the initiative.

Ward 9 Coun. Tim Cartmell wants more clarification before committing to any option.

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