Monday, June 21, 2010
Energizing the downtown core
The building generates power through the use of natural gas, rather than coal, and directs the heat energy released in the process to the nearby 10 million square feet of new and existing downtown buildings through a network of insulated underground pipes.
The Federal and Provincial Governments and The City of Calgary announced its approval for the District Energy Project in March 2007. The District Energy Centre is located specifically to service current municipal-owned buildings along with other downtown buildings and areas soon to be developed.
The construction of the District Energy Centre was a cooperative effort through the Canada-Alberta Municipal Rural Infrastructure Fund (CAMRIF). CAMRIF is a partnership among federal, provincial and municipal governments. Over the program's life, CAMRIF has directed more than $321 million in federal, provincial and municipal funding to enhance municipal infrastructure and improve Albertans' quality of life; investments that not only support long-term economic growth but, more importantly, protect the environment.
*** Energy Minister Ron Liepert, Calgary Mayor Dave Bronconnier and President and CEO of ENMAX Gary Holden open the District Energy Centre June 18th ***