The city of Yellowknife has been making steps to improve energy reduction and is being recognized for its effort.
The city was awarded the Sustainable Communities Award from the Federation of Canadian Municipalities. The award is given to cities that have worked to make sustainable changes.
The city of Yellowknife received its reward for its initiative to reduce fossil fuel by using the Biomass Direct Energy System.
Michael Auge, Manager of Sustainability and Solid Waste for Yellowknife says that the Biomass Direct Energy System helps to reduce gas emissions and save one hundred fifty thousand dollars annually.
It’s a district heating system that is using a biomass boiler to provide heat to five of our city owned facilities. It will be connected to the Multiplex Arena, the Fieldhouse, the firehall and two of the city garages in that area.
Auge is hopeful that other cities will look at Yellowknife and want to follow a similar model for energy reduction.
There is a lot of people that really appreciate the project and are inspired by the project and will probably be looking at taking it back home to their communities.
Auge says the next step for the city is to put biomass heating in the city hall.