The City of Richmond, on behalf of Lulu Island Energy Company, has received $6.2 million from the provincial and federal governments to help speed up implementation of another phase of the Oval Village District Energy Utility (OVDEU), reducing greenhouse gas emissions in the city.
The grant, provided through the Canada Infrastructure Program–CleanBC Communities Fund, will expedite the implementation timeline for design and construction of a permanent, sewer heat recovery energy centre to provide renewable energy to customers of the OVDEU.
“This project will help move the city closer to its objectives of providing low carbon energy for residents while further reducing greenhouse gas emissions from developments in Richmond’s City Centre area,” said Mayor Malcom Brodie. “This funding, through the CleanBC Communities Fund, recognizes the innovation and commitment we have made to improving our environment and making Richmond a sustainable and environmentally conscious city.”
The permanent energy centre will use a sewer heat recovery energy system to service the Oval Village area around River Parkway and Gilbert Road. The $6.2 million, which comprises $2.6 million from the province and $3.6 million from the Federal Government, will allow the current temporary energy centres on River Parkway to be decommissioned and removed. It will also enable the project, currently planned for 2025, to begin construction in 2022 for a 2024 in-service date.
“The people of Richmond are demonstrating leadership on climate change with new clean energy infrastructure that will reduce pollution and provide heat and hot water for people and businesses in the Oval Village neighbourhood,” said BC Environment Minister George Heyman. “Through our CleanBC climate and economic plan, we’re working together with communities like Richmond and the federal government to build back a stronger, better B.C. for everyone following the impacts of COVID-19.”