June 16, 2016 - Prince George’s district energy system (DES) fuelling many of its downtown buildings has expanded its services to include the heating of two more provincial buildings - the province’s courthouse and the Plaza 400 building. The announcement was made by Sinclar Forest Products' Greg Stewart, Prince George Mayor Lyn Hall and John Martin, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Forests, Lands and Natural Resource Operations for the province of British Columbia, during the International Bioenergy Conference and Exhibition in Prince George.
By Andrew Snook
The DES, which was fully commissioned in 2012, currently reduces annual CO2 emissions by 1,820 tons a year. Fuelled mainly by sawmill residuals from the Lakeland Mills sawmill, the DES already generates hot water used for domestic hot water and space heating in the Prince George Civic Centre, City Hall, Prince George Coliseum community arena, Four Seasons Leisure Pool, Prince George Public Library, Two Rivers Art Gallery, RCMP building and the Wood Innovation and Design Centre.
Ninety-six per cent of the energy used in the DES system is supplied by waste heat generated by burning hog fuel from Lakeland Mills, with the remaining power coming from two 2.5MW natural gas back-up boilers that are used when the mill shuts down for maintenance, or if the system requires additional heat during harsh winter months.