Canadian city recognised at IDEA awards

The city of Richmond, British Columbia in western Canada has been recognised by the International District Energy Association after winning the System of the Year Award at the industry event.

The city’s Alexandra District Energy Utility (ADEU) was provided with the award at the IDEA 107th Annual Conference and Trade Show in St. Paul, Minnesota, USA, earlier this summer.
Richmond, British Columbia
The Alexandra utility is a ground source system that centralizes energy production for heating, cooling and domestic hot water. It services residential and commercial customers in the West Cambie neighbourhood.

It was designed for expansion as the neighbourhood developed and demands required more supply. The Phase three expansion was completed in December 2015 and the system now provides energy to five residential buildings equalling almost 1,200 units and one institutional building.

Phase four will expand the system to service a large commercial development in the neighbourhood and is expected to be complete in the fall 2016.

The district energy system compliments Richmond’s adopted aggressive GHG reduction targets in 2010 which included a 10 per cent reduction in community-wide energy consumption and 33 per cent carbon emissions reductions from 2007 levels by 2020.

The ADEU is currently reducing 800 tonnes of GHG emissions annually when compared to more conventional heating and cooling systems.

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