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Federal government supports geothermal district energy system in Winnipeg


August 5, 2021
By Environment and Climate Change Canada

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A district geothermal system that will provide heating and cooling to buildings in downtown Winnipeg has received $1.8 million in federal government support.

The system earmarked for Forks Renewal Corporation buildings will eliminate greenhouse gas emissions by replacing gas consumption as a heating and cooling fuel source. Forks Renewal Corporation is pouring close to $2.7 million toward the project.

The district geothermal system is also designed to allow future expansion to service other buildings and planned new developments on the Forks site. Over the lifetime of this project, the Forks Renewal Corporation will see a cumulative reduction of about 26,000 tonnes of greenhouse gas emissions (GHG) – equivalent to saving about 11 million litres of gasoline.

The federal funding comes from the Partnerships stream of the Government of Canada’s Low Carbon Economy Challenge, which invests in projects that reduce carbon pollution and supports industries to put in place clean technologies that will help them be more efficient and innovative.

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“The Government of Canada supports innovative projects that reduce emissions, lead to tangible action on climate change, and create good jobs,” Daniel Vandal, minister of northern affairs, said. “Today’s announcement highlights some of the important work led by Canadian businesses such as the Forks Renewal Corporation to build a cleaner and healthier future. Leadership on strategic projects like the one announced today will make sure Canada exceeds its target and achieves net-zero emissions by 2050.”