Canadian leisure centre to join new CHP programme

A Canadian leisure and wellness centre is set to be one of the first participants in a new combined heat and power (CHP) programme.

Red Deer, Alberta’s Collicutt Centre (pictured) is to install, own and maintain a 280 kW CHP unit that will produce heat and electricity for the 250,000 square foot facility. The system will be part of an initiative by Alberta-based natural gas distribution firm ATCO Gas, which estimates that it will save the facility around CA$35,000 per year in energy costs and reduce greenhouse gas emissions by up to 800 tonnes.

The CHP programme, financed in part by funding body the Climate Change and Emissions Management Corporation (CCEMC), will see ATCO aiming to install several more CHP units in facilities across Alberta over the next two years.

‘This programme demonstrates the viability of CHP technology and encourages businesses and institutions to consider the many benefits of CHP in their facilities,’ said Bill Stephens, ATCO Gas president. ‘In addition to the reduced operating costs and lower GHG emissions, one of the unique features of the programme is that there is no up-front capital investment from the building owner.’

‘We are very excited to partner with ATCO Gas on this initiative,’ said Kay Kenny, Recreation Superintendent, City of Red Deer. ‘We pride ourselves on continually finding new ways to reduce our environmental footprint, and this a big step in the right direction. It is great to use a technology that is not only benefitting us environmentally, but also saving money on utilities for the facility over time as well.’

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