For Immediate Release / October 21, 2021

City Completes Energy Upgrade Projects

The City of St. Albert has completed two new energy efficiency projects at Servus Credit Union Place, in partnership with the Municipal Climate Change Action Centre (MCCAC).

The City installed a REALice® cold water flood system serving the Mark Messier and Troy Murray arenas in early 2021 and eight variable frequency drives (VFDs) at the Landrex Water Play Centre this fall. The REALice® flood system is a water treatment system for arenas that eliminates the need for hot water when building and resurfacing the ice. Installing REALice® reduces energy consumption, both the natural gas formerly needed to heat the flood water, as well as the electricity used by the ice plant to freeze and maintain the ice. It also makes the ice more compact and smoother, maintaining the ice quality for users. The installation in both arenas will reduce the facilities’ annual electricity and natural gas consumption by one per cent.

As part of the maintenance and upgrade work completed at the Landrex Water Play Centre this year, eight VFDs were installed to help control the aquatics pumps. VFDs allow the energy input of the pumps to be adjusted according to the output requirements, to ensure they are running as efficiently as possible. The eight VFDs are expected to reduce the facility's annual electrical energy consumption by over five per cent.

“Environmental stewardship and efficient energy use are priorities for the City and part of the new long-range Municipal Development Plan,” says City of St. Albert Mayor, Cathy Heron. “These projects demonstrate the action being taken to conserve energy and are big steps forward for our plan.”

“With these projects, the City of St. Albert demonstrates their commitment to reducing energy use, greenhouse gas emissions and operating costs. These are great examples of how thinking differently about existing assets can lead to real savings,” said Trina Innes, Executive Director of Sustainability Services with the Alberta Urban Municipalities Association.  

Both energy upgrades were made possible with partial funding from the Municipal Climate Change Action Centre’s Recreation Energy Conservation (REC) program, bringing the payback period down to one year. The Action Centre is a partnership between the Alberta Urban Municipalities Association, Rural Municipalities of Alberta, and the Government of Alberta.

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Last edited: October 26, 2021