BC city Kamloops exploring development of District Energy network for community

Oct. 19, 2022
The first phase of the low-carbon district energy system is expected to be complete by 2025 and will eliminate over 90% of greenhouse gas emissions from nine TRU-owned buildings in Kamloops

The town sometimes billed as the Tournament Capital of Canada is exploring low-carbon district energy in partnership with a local university.

The British Columbia city of Kamloops signed a memorandum of understanding with Thompson Rivers University and Creative Energy on the possibility of connecting the city to a district energy system. Earlier this year, the university of developer Creative Energy partnered on developing a district energy network to heat campus infrastructure.

Creative Energy for years  has developed a wide-ranging district energy system utilizing steam power and electricity over areas including part of Vancouver. The company operates more than 15 kilometers of pipling connecting to many buildings in the area.

The new MOU would tap the city of Kamloops into the system currently under development.

The agreement “marks a significant step forward in achieving goals laid out by our community climate action plan,” Mayor Ken Christian said in a statement. “By working together toward a common goal of reducing greenhouse gas emissions, we’re helping to create a healthier community for future generations.”

The first phase of the low-carbon district energy system is expected to be complete by 2025 and will eliminate over 90% of greenhouse gas emissions from nine TRU-owned buildings in Kamloops.

Many national and regional sports tournament are often located in Kamloops due to the Tournament Capital Centre facility located near the university campus.

District heating, often fueled by geothermal loops or combined heat and power plants producing steam, is a popular low-carbon method for many universities and municipalities.Among those utilizing district heating include MIT, Depauw, the city of Leeds, UK, and school districts in Maryland.