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There's an interesting report coming to the Executive Committee on June 29: Downtown District Energy Initiative - Development Update

"● City Council approved funding of $27.9 million for the first phase of the Downtown District Energy Initiative. This includes a Central District Energy Plant located at the Winspear Centre providing electrical and thermal energy to Winspear, Century Place and Chancery Hall.
● The construction of the District Energy Shell Building at Winspear and the design of the District Energy System by EPCOR is underway.
● As the project has developed, the project team has been mindful of changes in external factors that impact the environmental and economic outcomes of the project - namely a greener provincial electricity grid, increases in material and construction costs and changes to the carbon levy and commodity costs.
● Based on a further review of the impact of these factors on the project, it is recommended that the project scope change from a combined heat and power system (CHP) to a heating-only based system, utilizing boiler technology.
● As growth opportunities for private and public buildings to connect to a future Downtown District Energy Initiative are becoming more apparent, EPCOR with Administration’s support, is developing a master plan for a growing Downtown District Energy system. The intention is that this update will be presented to City Council at the same time as the updated cost information of the initiative’s first stage."

I'll just throw in more details about the emissions reason, which caught me by surprise.

"The intensity of greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions from Alberta’s Electric Grid have decreased at a faster rate than what has been previously predicted. The early retirement of coal units in the Province has led to a speedier reduction in the grid emission factor. From the project perspective this means that GHG reduction is equivalent to CHP generated electricity in three to four years and the CHP generated electricity actually becomes more carbon intensive than the grid after that."

Further down, it clarifies that the combined heating and power unit they were looking at is natural gas-fired.
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STRUCTURAL FRAME ONLY First level of above grade "superstructure", inclusive of level 1 shear walls, columns, and level 2 slabs. Remainder of building to follow in separate permit submission. Expansion of the existing Winspear Centre for Music building.

Jun 24, 2022
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