Downtown energy system open house Wednesday

The Downtown Renewable Energy System takes water heated with sawmill residue at Lakeland Mills and distributes it to heat 11 buildings downtown, including City Hall, the Four Seasons Pool, and the Public Library. Recent additions include the Wood Innovation and Design Centre, Plaza 400, and the Law Courts.
The Downtown Renewable Energy System takes water heated with sawmill residue at Lakeland Mills and distributes it to heat 11 buildings downtown, including City Hall, the Four Seasons Pool, and the Public Library. Recent additions include the Wood Innovation and Design Centre, Plaza 400, and the Law Courts.

The City of Prince George is marking Bioenergy Day with an open house on October 24 from 1-3 p.m. at the distribution centre of its Downtown Renewable Energy System.

The system takes water heated with sawmill residue at Lakeland Mills and distributes it to heat 11 buildings downtown, including City Hall, the Four Seasons Pool, and the Public Library. Recent additions include the Wood Innovation and Design Centre, Plaza 400, and the Law Courts. The new parkade under construction next to City Hall will also be connected. The piping distribution system is nearly three kilometres long and reaches as far as the RCMP detachment on Victoria Street.

By displacing consumption of natural gas for heating, the Downtown Renewable Energy System has reduced the City’s annual greenhouse gas emissions by approximately 2200 tonnes annually.  The system has also decreased the particulate matter released into the airshed through its connection with Lakeland Sawmills and the decrease of natural gas usage.

The open house will be at 215 George Street (located at Second and George) and open house attendees are requested to use the entrance on Second Avenue.

The 2018 Bioenergy Day is the sixth annual and features events throughout North America.