Creative Energy is one of Canada’s largest district energy providers. Supplying low-cost community energy with 99.9% reliability to Vancouver’s downtown core – including St. Paul’s Hospital – for over 50 years, Creative Energy’s downtown plant connects to a network of over 14 km of pipes, heating over 45M sf of space. Since 2014, Creative Energy has been expanding its network across Vancouver, Toronto and the US.
Long-term, Creative Energy aims to help Vancouver become a centre of energy innovation, contribute to a flourishing green economy in the city, and help Vancouver reach its goal of becoming the greenest city in the world. Creative Energy’s existing plant at 720 Beatty is currently being upgraded to increase capacity, future-proof infrastructure and add low-carbon technologies that will result in deep GHG reductions.
The proposed development will connect to the City of Vancouver’s Southeast False Creek (SEFC) Neighbourhood Energy Utility, which will provide low carbon heat for space heating and domestic hot water. The NEU utilizes high system efficiencies and sewage heat recovery to supply approximately 70% of its annual energy demand resulting in an over 50% GHG reduction in heating compared to conventional building systems. The heat energy will be delivered via a network of below-grade hot water distribution pipes to an energy transfer station located in each building at Main Alley.
By utilizing an existing, upgraded mechanical energy centre in 111 E 5th Avenue (M3) located in the center of Main Alley, the project will establish a centralized cooling plant system. The system will initially serve Main Alley only but will have the ability to expand into a district energy system. Creative Energy has been engaged to execute this transition from standalone chiller plant to District Energy cooling system. Creative Energy is a local energy utility which owns and operates Vancouver’s largest district energy system supplying steam heat to over 210 building in the Downtown. As a utility, Creative Energy will operate the cooling system in compliance with the BC Utility Commission in terms of rate setting and regulation. Once Creative Energy has optimized the system, the energy centre in M3 will include heat recovery chillers and cooling towers on the roof.