Con Mine Community Energy System

An Expert's View about Renewable Energy in Canada

Posted on: 29 Nov 2012

P R O J E C T   O V E R V I E W

• The City of Yellowknife is evaluating the potential for a geothermal and biomass fueled heating grid to provide services to the buildings in the downtown core.

• The basic concept involves recovering heat from the abandoned Con Mine approximately 1km outside of downtown Yellowknife to heat buildings via a network of distribution piping.

• The project will reduce carbon emissions by 80,000 tonnes a year or by 5 percent respectively and the need for fuel will be reduced by 7.25 million liters each year.

• On average, the GHG (greenhouse gas) is twice the national average per person in the community of Yellowknife. The GNWT spends approximately $114 million a year on energy for a population of 20,000 people.

S I Z E  A N D  S C O P E

• Capital expenditures for this energy project are estimated at $60 million. This will be obtained through several sources, including private business partner(s), federal government Clean Energy Fund, and grants from Greater Northwest Territories, Green Municipal Fund, etc.

• The project will take approximately 1 year from commencement of construction for the initial implement but 6 years in total to complete the entire plan.

• Existing buildings account for 95% of total connectable floor space. By 2030, new buildings would account for 35% of total floor space.

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Posted: 29 November 2012

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