PCL leads the consortium Innovate Energy, named for the Energy Services Acquisition Program (ESAP)/Energy Service Modernization (ESM) project. This project geographically encompasses both Ottawa, Ontario, and Gatineau, Quebec. The Government of Canada has partnered with Innovate Energy through a public-private-partnership model to modernize the way it heats 80 buildings and cools 67 buildings in the downtown core, which will allow the city, community, and local businesses to tap into cleaner power.
The District Energy System is made up of five central heating and cooling plants (CHCPs) and four distribution networks delivering steam and cooling water through a combination of service tunnels, direct buried piping, and bridge crossings. The contract incorporates the renovation of two existing plants to accommodate the modernized equipment; the construction of two new plants; and the decommissioning of one plant. This project will be one of Canada’s most significant projects to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, save operational costs, improve safety, and create lasting architectural landmarks.
By converting the heating and cooling plants to cleaner technology – from steam to a fully electric system for cooling, and low-temperature hot water for heating – the project will save hundreds of millions of dollars and reduce carbon pollution by 33 percent, bringing the total greenhouse gas reductions for the system to 63 percent as compared to its 2005 baseline emission levels.