Creative Energy

Our story is one of innovating and evolving over time to meet the changing needs of our customers and the energy and emissions challenges of a growing city.

INNOVATIVE AIR SOLUTIONS

In 1968, Vancouver faced huge problems from the pollution and inefficiencies involved in heating buildings using fuel oil and coal.

Their solution was a new community heating company called Central Heat Distribution.

 

 

VANCOUVER’S FIRST NEIGHBOURHOOD ENERGY SYSTEM

Central Heat used highly efficient gas boilers to produce steam that was distributed to individual buildings through a network of underground pipes.

Providing innovation, reliability and competitive rates, the company grew steadily. 

 

FULL STEAM AHEAD

By 2014, Central Heat’s 14 km network of pipes was serving over 210 buildings in Vancouver’s downtown core, providing the lowest cost source of energy in the city.

Did you know? Vancouver’s landmark Gastown Steam Clock was originally powered by steam from our pipes. To this day, the whistle remains powered by Creative Energy’s steam plant.

DELIVERING CLEANER, MORE RELIABLE ENERGY

Significantly improving local air quality through the removal of 600 individual boiler stacks, Central Heat established itself as an integral part of the community. 

Did you know? St Paul’s Hospital patients and staff depend on community energy’s reliability, and BC Place is an official emergency centre due to the resilience of the system during a seismic event or other disaster.

A FOUNDATION FOR GROWTH

Cities and community needs are changing. To address new energy challenges, Creative Energy was born.

Building on a 50-year legacy of 99.9% energy reliability, our team has relied on creative, innovative thinking to help North America become greener, more resilient and more liveable.