The objective of Stage 2 is to lower the carbon intensity of the district energy system for heating. ESAP hopes to eliminate the remaining GHG emissions generated by the system and hopes to extend the distribution network and provide environmental benefits to additional buildings, both federal and non-federal.
The most promising step will likely be replacing natural gas with electricity as the energy source for system heating. ESAP conducted some pilot projects and feasibility studies and has proposed a project scope for approval.
KEY MILESTONES FOR STAGE 2:
- 2017-2022 – Pilot projects and feasibility studies
- 2022 – Funding approval
- 2021 – Design Modernized Gatineau Energy Centre
- 2022-2025 – Construct the Energy Centre
- 2023-2025 – Design and build distribution network expansion
- 2024-2028 – Design and build geo-exchange systems
- 2030 – Put net-zero carbon district energy system is in place
In terms of engagement on Stage 2, ESAP has begun the outreach to internal and external stakeholders. Engagement with external stakeholders started in 2020 with ESAP reaching out to private and public sector building owners and operators in downtown Gatineau. The purpose was to raise awareness about connecting to the system in the future. During these engagements, ESAP learned that there is interest in connecting, but that the key issues are: 1) cost competitiveness; 2) reduction of GHGs; 3) redundancy and reliability; and 4) quality customer service.
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