For Immediate Release / February 14, 2023

City Completes Energy Upgrade Project at Servus Credit Union Place

The City of St. Albert has completed the conversion to the REALice® cold water flood system within all arenas located at Servus Credit Union Place as of January 2023, in partnership with the Municipal Climate Change Action Centre (MCCAC). The City installed a REALice® flood system serving the Go Auto Arena in early 2023 and the Mark Messier and Troy Murray Arenas in 2021. 

REALice® 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, including 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 smoother and more compact, maintaining the ice quality for users. The ice surfaces at Servus Place see thousands of hours of use per year and the installation of REALice® in all three arenas will reduce the facilities’ annual electricity and natural gas consumption by over two per cent.

“Being champions of environmental action and upgrading our facilities to be more energy efficient as we adapt to a changing natural environment, are major priorities for the City,” says Mayor Cathy Heron. “Converting all our rinks at Servus Place to a REALice® cold water flood system directly showcases this commitment to find innovative ways to protect our environment for future generations.” 

The installation of the REALice® cold water flood system was 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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