Prince George Matters
The City of Prince George is sharing their impressions of the Downtown Renewable Energy System's performance during the recent cold snap that saw temperatures read -44 C.
A news release says the system operated at its "highest level ever and may have set a new standard for Canada in the process."
The system distributes heat from Lakeland Mills to almost a dozen buildings in the downtown area including City Hall, the Public Library, Two Rivers Gallery, Four Seasons Pool and the RCMP detachment on Victoria Street.
Hot water that's heated with wood chips, as well as shavings at the mill, is circulated through close to three kilometres of underground pipes, which provide heat and hot water to the buildings.
Back-up heaters that burn natural gas were not needed during the frigid temperatures, the city says.
“There are only a handful of municipal district heating systems in Canada that primarily use a renewable fuel source and for Prince George to be able to operate at 100 per cent through such a cold period is certainly a positive achievement,” said Raymond Boulter, a national expert on community energy systems with Natural Resources Canada in the release.
“It shows that renewable, low-carbon heat is possible even in Canada’s northern communities.”