Government of Canada and FCM support feasibility study of a district energy system in Burlington (18/12/2015)
Burlington, ON — The Honourable Jim Carr, Canada's Minister of Natural Resources, and Raymond Louie, President of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) and Acting Mayor of the City of Vancouver, BC, today announced a grant of $162,250 from the Green Municipal FundTM (GMF) for the City of Burlington, ON. The grant supports a study that will determine whether an integrated district energy system (DES) — a centralized heating and cooling facility serving the community — would be more energy efficient and effective in reducing greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions than using individual systems for each building. Additional study costs will be covered by the city and Burlington Electricity Services Inc.
"The Government of Canada is working with FCM to help communities become more energy efficient by investing in clean and sustainable projects that will reduce GHG emissions," said Minister Carr. "We are proud to support initiatives like the one announced today that contribute to our national effort to fight climate change."
The feasibility study is aligned with priorities listed in Burlington's Community Energy Plan and its 20-year roadmap to improve energy efficiency, reduce GHG emissions and increase economic competiveness.
"The Green Municipal Fund offers a range of resources and services that specifically addresses the sustainable community development needs of municipal governments," said Mr. Louie. "The financing and knowledge provided by the Fund support the development of communities that are more environmentally, socially and economically sustainable."
Experience across Canada and elsewhere shows that there are many benefits to implementing district energy systems, but careful planning is required for success. Burlington's study will consider which energy options (renewable energy, district energy and cogeneration, waste heat capture, energy storage and smart grid technologies) are best for the local context, including potential facility locations.
"Burlington is working hard to become a smart energy community, with the support of our local community partners and agencies. We are looking forward to seeing the results of this study," said Rick Goldring, Burlington Mayor. "We are very appreciative of GMF and the funding they are providing so the city can explore sustainable energy systems for our community."
"This study is an important step in addressing energy efficiency and reducing emissions in our community," said MP Karina Gould. "I am pleased that our city is leading by example and engaging our residents and businesses in important projects that support Canada's fight against climate change."
The feasibility study of an integrated energy system is a new approach for Burlington and is expected to generate significant public interest from citizens as well as other municipalities. The city has developed and implemented a number of measures to engage residents and businesses through online surveys, engagement programs, events and social media.
The Government of Canada endowed the Federation of Canadian Municipalities with $550 million to establish the Green Municipal Fund™. The Fund supports partnerships and leveraging of both public and private-sector funding to reach higher standards of air, water and soil quality, and climate protection.
FCM has been the national voice of municipal governments since 1901. It fosters the development of sustainable communities to improve quality of life by promoting strong, effective, and accountable municipal government.