Posted on Friday February 02, 2018

The City of Yellowknife's biomass district energy system was announced as the 2018 winner in the energy category of the Federation of Canadian Municipalities Sustainable Communities Awards. The awards celebrate innovative and environmental initiatives in Canadian cities and communities.

Yellowknife's district energy system will use wood pellets to heat a group of five municipal buildings (Multiplex, Fieldhouse, City Garage, Firehall, Parks Garage) that previously consumed about 367,000 litres of heating oil a year. The switch to biomass is expected to lower Green House Gas emissions (GHG) by 829 tonnes of carbon dioxide equivalent (CO2e) a year, which is almost half of the City's Corporate GHG reduction target, and increase their renewable energy use by ten percent. The City expects to see direct cost savings between $140,000 and $160,000 a year.

The design and construction of the biomass project was completed by local businesses, Stantec Consulting Ltd. and Ryfan Electric Ltd. respectively.  The biomass district energy system is expected to begin operation in March of 2018.

“The City of Yellowknife’s 2015 to 2025 Corporate and Community Energy Action Plan targets a fifty percent reduction in greenhouse gases by the City Corporation, and thirty percent reduction by residents and businesses. Our new biomass district energy system is a step in the right direction to achieve these goals,” said Mayor Heyck.

The City joined ICLEI – Local Governments for Sustainability and FCM’s Partners for Climate Protection program in 1998 and has earned all five corporate and community milestones. In 2011, the City won an FCM Sustainable Communities Award for its Smart Growth Development Plan. And in 2013, the city won the Green Champion Award and the Sustainable Communities Award for its centralized composting pilot project.

For more information contact:

Mike Auge
Manager, Sustainability and Solid Waste Management

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