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1 Revelstoke Community Energy and Emissions Plan Community Open House October 21st, 2010 Photo Credit: Pure Studios

2 A project delivered in partnership with the City of Revelstoke and RCEC Project consultants:

3 Directed by the Project Steering Committee Phil Welock (City Councilor and RCEC Director) John Guenther (City Planning) Alan Mason (City Economic Development) Brian Mallett (City Engineering) Jessica Stuart (City contract planner) David Johnson (RCEC Board Chair) Geoff Battersby (RCEC Director) Larry Marchand (RCEC Manager) Robyn Wark and Travis Streb (BC Hydro) Ken Church (NRCan) Tony Pham (Terasen) Lynda Lafleur (CBT)

4 Introduction to the Team Megan Lohmann –Project management –Opportunity assessment Cindy Pearce –City and community liaison –Outreach and communications Taylor Zeeg –DE Expansion Study and DE Business Plan –Working with Compass Team on DE Michael Wilson –Inventory and forecast –Opportunity assessment

5 Why an Energy and Emissions Plan Reduce energy consumption and greenhouse gas emissions Save $$ on bills Build economy of scale for community wide projects/retrofits Reduce vulnerability to energy price changes Contributes to a sustainable and resilient community

6 Key Goals (OCP) Consider future climate change impacts in all development decision making. Improving air quality. Energy self-sufficiency through energy conservation and renewable, secure and sustained energy options.

7 Key Goals (OCP), cont’d. Reduce the need to landfill waste. Promote a well designed compact community by following smart growth principles A community transportation network that guides development and provides for safe, efficient travel, with increasing reliance on transit, cycling and walking.

8 GHG and Energy Targets Community-wide GHG reduction target: 6% reduction in community GHG emissions from 2007 baseline level by 2020 Corporate (municipal) reduction target: Carbon neutral in municipal operations by 2012

9 Background ‘97 CEP report completed that established GHG reduction targets, and identified opportunities for reduction Four district energy feasibility studies completed between 1997-2004 2005 – RCEC created, plant built and hook-ups start New provincial legislation (adopted 2008) required GHG reduction targets and strategies in OCP

10 CEEP Objectives Refine recent emissions targets Identify actions that facilitate energy efficiency and emission reduction Ensure policies exist or are developed to support actions identified Examine the potential to expand district energy Support RCEC in creating a business plan to guide its long term development

11 Project Structure The CEEP integrates 3 processes: 1.CEEP - recommendations and policies for GHG reduction and energy efficiency 2.DE Expansion Pre-feasibility Study 3.Business Plan for RCEC Efficiencies in a collaborative process, and opportunity for shared learning

12 1. Community Energy and Emissions Plan Purpose: identifying targets and strategies for energy consumption and GHG emissions

13 First step: Energy and Emissions Inventory Based on the Province’s Community Energy and Emissions Inventory - community wide data Data was localized to include district energy for commercial buildings Baseline year of 2007


15 Energy Consumption (GJ), 2007

16 Community GHG Emissions (t CO 2 e) by Sector

17 GHG BAU Forecast

18 Identifying Opportunities to Reach the Targets Review existing policies and strategies from the ‘97 CEEP and the OCP Successful reduction strategies from other communities Alternative energy options (in addition to district energy) Existing tools and initiatives from energy providers or other organizations Existing community initiatives and input

19 NOTE: DE systems provide heating and/or cooling from a central plant 2. DE Expansion Pre-Feasibility Study But first…some background on district energy

20 Revelstoke Community Energy Corporation Corporation owned by the City to operate the district energy system Board includes 3 City Councilors, 1 City staff and 3 community members First biomass DE system in BC We can be proud! ‘excellence and innovation in municipal service delivery that has advanced sustainable community development’.

21 Fuel Bin - holds 2-3 day supply of fuel. About 10% of Downie’s wood waste is used at the plant. Plant boiler is housed inside the Plant Building on the Downie Timber sawmill site (below)

22 Heat exchanger at the Plant 2.3 km of Insulated pipes distribute hot water to 10 buildings where an on-site heat exchanger extracts the heat from the water. Buildings include the Community/Aquatic Centre, Forum/Arena, City Hall, high school and new elementary school, post office/Parks Canada and several private buildings

23 Why District Energy? Lower capital cost and easy installation Long-term, stable, competitive energy cost Energy supply is certain Buildings on the RCEC system are simple to run Environmental benefits Lowers GHG emissions by ~ 3400 tonnes annually!

24 DE Expansion Pre-Feasibility Study Purpose: To identify opportunities for district energy expansion and provide strategic recommendations to guide implementation. Feasibility of expansion is based on a number of factors: – Projected floorspace and energy demand – Cost of expansion – Target densities – Availability of low-cost heat sources


26 New Floorspace Projections (2010-2030)

27 Energy Load Forecast (2030)

28 Potential Heat Sources Assess a range of potential heat sources that can meet target capacity Heat sources assessed on the basis of cost and GHG emissions Heat sources include: –Ground water heat pump (open loop) –Biomass heat only –Biomass combined heat and power –Propane boilers Screened out: –Sewer heat recovery –Ground source heat pump (closed loop)

29 3. RCEC Business Plan Purpose: To ensure successful ongoing operations and expansion of district energy.

30 Scope : Financial spreadsheet tools to evaluate growth opportunities Assessment of biomass fuel supply Municipal policy tools to support district energy Process of the RCEC Business Plan

31 Business Plan Scope, cont’d. Suggestions for rate structures Overview of carbon pricing management (how the GHG reduction benefit of RCEC gets valued in rates) Governance recommendations Recommendations for communicating benefits of RCEC to potential customers Ownership and partnership options (in case necessary to capitalize future growth)

32 Community Outreach

33 Achievements to date in Revelstoke RCEC hook-up to Community/Aquatic Centre, Forum/Arena, City Hall Reducing wattage of street & entrance lamps Powersmart audits of City buildings New contract Environmental Sustainability Coordinator focused on GHG reduction actions

34 More achievements… RCEC hook-ups to commercial buildings Anti-idling bylaw CSA approved wood stoves by 2012 Recycling – blue boxes coming! Carshare

35 Community Outreach Purposes: Inform citizens about current energy use, emissions and district energy in the community Seek input about energy conservation and emission reduction and district energy expansion Provide an opportunity for residents to speak with energy providers and learn of their initiatives

36 Your Turn!! Browse the booths Talk to RCEC reps, the project team, energy providers and City staff Fill out a survey Tell us your ideas

37 Tell Your Friends!! Check out the project website: Fill out the survey on the website – by November 5 please Ask John Guenther, City Planning Director for a presentation to a group who might be interested to know more

38 Contact Information John Guenther - City of Revelstoke Megan Lohmann 250.531.0690

39 Thank You!

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