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.