UNBC Celebrates BioEnergy Day
Wednesday, October 19, 2016 @ 2:49 PM
Students Erica Haugland and Veronica Hulme participate in the Weigh Your Energy display at UNBC-photo courtesy UNBC
Prince George, B.C.- Today is Bio Energy Day, and the University of Northern B.C. is celebrating.
Known as Canada’s “green ” university, UNBC recently renovated the Neyoh student residence to be linked to the new Sustainable Communities Demonstration Project (SCDP) a district energy system on campus.
In just two months, the connection has resulted in reduced consumption of electricity and natural gas.
Consumption of electricity is down by 40% and it’s estimated that in one year, the new system will reduce natural gas use by 7 thousand GJ or $25 thousand dollars..
The energy system is similar to that used to heat several buildings in the downtown of Prince George. In the case of UNBC, a pellets are used to heat a boiler and the hot water is then distributed to the buildings.
The Keyoh residence and the UNBC Childcare Centre are both slated to be connected in 2017. The IK Barber Enhanced Forestry Laboratory is also part of the project.
The total cost of the capital project is $2.2 million, with $1.1 million coming from the Province of British Columbia. The Omineca Beetle Action Coalition, TransCanada Corporation and the BC Bioenergy Network have also made funding commitments. Pacific BioEnergy is donating the wood pellets that will fuel the system.