As urbanization grows, populations increase, climate change pushes forward and existing systems age, it more important than ever that our essential infrastructure is as resilient as possible to handle whatever the future holds. Our cities need better solutions to urban planning that integrate community, residential, and energy needs.
There’s no better time than now to develop innovative neighbourhood energy solutions for Vancouver and cities around the world.
of the worlds population will live in cities by 2030
of Canadians living in cities
in Canada’s four largest cities
Why Neighbourhood Energy?
Neighbourhood Energy systems do what cities do best. They share resources.
Creative Energy envisions a future where all our energy needs are met with sustainable, reliable sources that contribute to decreased carbon emissions, healthier neighbourhoods, and vibrant, integrated communities.
We want to see energy systems become as resilient as possible, delivering service without interruption while supplying our communities with cost-effective, low carbon energy solutions.
Buildings represent over one-third of the total GHG emissions, and energy use, on average, in Canada and internationally. Neighbourhood energy systems, which involve the central provision of heating, cooling or co-generation, are inherently more environmentally friendly than large-scale energy grids, making them vital to our efforts to mitigate climate change.
Neighbourhood energy systems offer:
Capital cost savings
Neighbourhood energy systems remove the need for individual boilers, saving capital, operating and maintenance costs.
A central neighbourhood energy plant has the flexibility to use different fuels such as wood and sewage waste, and the ability to switch to whichever fuel is most economical or available at any given time.
Removing the need for on-site equipment such as boilers, chillers or cooling towers, a central plant is easier to update to incorporate advances in technology, with any maintenance cost pooled across a larger group.
Our central boiler saves Vancouverites an average of $45/ kilowatt hour (compared with electric heat distribution in 2017). In addition, neighbourhood energy systems become more and more cost effective as more and more people join the network.
Lower GHG emissions
A central plant is better positioned to take advantage of alternative fuels such as biomass, waste materials, solar energy, geothermal, surplus industry heat, or household water from sinks, showers and baths.
Neighbourhood energy systems are can integrate various renewable fuel sources, and are more efficient, robust and flexible over the long-term.
Robust, reliable system
Neighbourhood energy systems are extremely reliable. At Creative Energy, we have a reliability track record of over 99.9% for 50 years.
24/7 monitoring for peace of mind
With individual boilers a fault could go unnoticed for weeks or months, but Creative Energy helps flag problems when they occur so they can be fixed immediately.