Update on Proposed Port Alberni District Energy Project

The Port Alberni District Energy System will burn hog fuel from the local mills, wood waste from city residents and residual wood fibre to heat water.   In Phase 1 the hot water will be transported via underground pipes to several municipal buildings, North Island College, West Coast General Hospital and nearby senior-care facilities.  The boiler that will be utilized in the system will have emissions similar to those of natural gas fired boilers.

The project will cost an estimated $9.97 million and generate $265 000 of annual revenue for the City of Port Alberni.  The system will also retain expenditures currently going to energy suppliers based outside the community and decrease wood waste going to the Alberni-Clayoquot Regional District landfill.  In addition, the District Energy System will reduce both greenhouse gases and capture carbon credits. 

All of the alternatives for the funding the District Energy System project are being identified and examined. Two grant applications have been submitted and these are expected to cover some of the capital costs of the project. City Council has committed $5 million to the project. Once the outcome of the grant applications are known, Council will decide whether to build the project as a wholly owned municipal utility or consider involving a private sector partner.  Another option for funding the project includes the issuing of shares.

For more information on the District Energy System Project, please view the slideshow below:

District Energy System Project PP