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Village Square Cogeneration Project


Village Square Leisure Centre Entrance

The City and ENMAX worked together to reduce the utility costs of Village Square Leisure Centre, a multipurpose recreation facility in northeast Calgary.

In 2015, a cogeneration system was installed exterior to the building on the northeast corner. The cogeneration system reduces the facility’s reliance on the electric grid to lower transmission and distribution costs. Captured runoff heat is also used to help heat the facility’s swimming pools.

What is cogeneration?

Cogeneration is a proven and reliable technology that uses natural gas to generate electricity and convert runoff heat into usable energy. Cogeneration uses an onsite natural gas generator to produce electricity. During the production of electricity, some energy is discarded as wasted heat. In a cogeneration system, runoff heat is captured and put to useful work.

For more information, read the Questions and Answers.

Impacts to Residents

The cogeneration unit will be enclosed in a container designed to reduce sound emissions. Area residents will notice little difference in sound levels, which are below acceptable sound levels outlined in Alberta Utilities Commission (AUC) Regulations and The City’s Community Standards Bylaw 5M2004.

Read AUC Guidelines for Public Involvement in a proposed utility development.

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Questions and Answers
AUC Guidelines for Public Involvement