Speaker: Trent Berry and Hart Starr Crawford
When: November 25, 2014 - 12:30pm to 1:30pm
Where: SFU Harbour Centre Room 2270, 515 West Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC
By 2020, the City of Vancouver aims to cut greenhouse gas emissions by 33% from 2007 and will require that all new buildings be carbon neutral. However, with the majority (54%) of the city’s carbon emissions coming from buildings, largely originating in heating and cooling systems, the challenge of reducing GHGs is daunting considering the age and inefficiency of current buildings and the projected growth in population.
Enter district energy: An old technology that’s enjoying a renewed interest from cities worldwide.
District energy works by amalgamating the heating, and sometimes cooling, needs of a network of buildings. Heat can be produced more readily from alternative fuels, including waste heat from cooling systems, sewers or industrial processes. District energy can also be a means for producing more efficient local electricity through combined heat and power, can support micro-grids, and can reduce demands on the electrical system that would otherwise be needed for heating and cooling.
The beauty of a community energy system is that it shares infrastructure, leverages economies of scale, and has the potential of producing low-carbon heating for neighbourhoods.
The purpose of this dialogue is to explore district energy from the perspective of the private sector and the following questions:
What is the private sector’s role in developing and operating district energy?
What do municipalities, developers, and financiers need to do in order to encourage the development of district energy systems?
What is the potential for district energy in Metro Vancouver?
Trent Berry, MRM, Principal, Reshape Strategies Chair, Creative Energy Canada Platforms Corp.
Trent is a professional economist and management consultant based. He has 20 years of experience in the electricity, gas and district energy sectors, including technology evaluation, project feasibility, market studies, ownership, financing, contracts and regulation. Trent has led feasibility studies and supported development of several dozen district energy systems, including Southeast False Creek, River District, UniverCity, UBC, Children & Women’s Hospital, and Surrey City Centre. Trent assisted Creative Energy in its recent acquisition of Central Heat in Vancouver (one of the largest district energy systems in Canada) and he was recently appointed the Chair of Creative Energy’s Board.
Hart Starr Crawford-Project Manager, Fēnix Energy
Hart Starr Crawford leads project development and implementation at Fēnix Energy. Most recently, he managed design and installation of the world's first geo-exchange retrofit in an occupied high rise. This system currently serves two buildings and has potential for further expansion. His professional experience started at a mechanical consulting firm, where he blended progressive energy performance designs and ran the LEED team. He brings his intimate knowledge of buildings to district energy, and a fresh perspective to the industry.