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B.C. Project Pencilled Into Infrastructure Bank’s Books

BIV Summary Two years since it launched, the nascent Canada Infrastructure Bank (CIB) is moving forward with what could be its first investment in B.C. At this stage, the federal Crown corporation will help the City of Richmond develop the largest district energy system in North America – one...


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Richmond looks to expand its centralized energy system

Richmond News Summary The City of Richmond’s district energy utility could service up to 50 million square feet over time with the signing of a memorandum of understanding between the Canada Infrastructure Bank (CIB) and Lulu Island Energy Company for a new energy project. The new Lulu Island...


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Exploring a sustainability transformation in an island city with The City of Richmond

Sean Galea-Pace, Chief Sustainability Officer Summary Mayor Malcolm Brodie of the City of Richmond, British Columbia, and City staff, Peter Russell, Senior Manager of Sustainability, and Alen Postolka, District Energy Manager, discuss how the City's climate actions are transforming Richmond ...


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Richmond receives Innovative Energy Project of the Year award

Richmond News Summary Richmond has been recognized by the Association of Energy Engineers with the 2018 Innovative Energy Project of the Year award for its Alexandra District Energy Utility Phase Four project. The phase four project focused on connecting large retail development with low...


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Alexandra District Energy Utility

The Alexandra District Energy Utility uses ground source heat pump technology to extract heat (renewable geothermal energy) from the ground via a network of vertical pipe loops—in cooling mode during the summer months, the energy flow is reversed and heat is pumped into the ground. ADEU enables...

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District Energy Public Sector Leadership Awards at IDEA2018

IDEA Recognizes Municipal Leadership in District Energy Systems in Greater Vancouver At its recent 109 th Annual Conference and Trade Show in Vancouver, BC, Canada, the International District Energy Association (IDEA) recognized six greater Vancouver cities with IDEA Public Sector Leadership...


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Municipal DE Systems: Managing Issues through Legal Documentation

Summary As with all significant projects, the establishment and ongoing operation of district energy systems exposes municipal service providers to a number of risks and concerns. These include securing connections, building system compatibility, land access, allocation of risks, regulatory and...

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Air-Source Heat Pumps for Low-Carbon Heating and Cooling

Summary The Lulu Island Energy Company undertook the design and construction of a 1.5 MW air-source heat pump plant to service a new large-format retail development, which was commissioned in Fall 2016. The plant provides heating and cooling to 70% of the floor area of the new development (284...

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Oval Village DEU Private Public Partnership, A Success Story, What's Next

Summary LIEC (a municipal corporation) and Corix (a private utility) created a 30-year private-public partnership to develop a low carbon district energy system. Corix designs, builds, finances and operates the system, LIEC owns and manages the infrastructure, and the City of Richmond’s Council...

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Is Site C solution in Richmond’s backyard?

Graeme Wood, Richmond News Coun. Harold Steves says large-scale geothermal projects can mitigate future power requirements in B.C., thus negating any need to flood the Peace River Valley for the Site C hydroelectric dam. The City of Richmond created its own geothermal company, which sells...