TransCanada — Environment — UNBC Bioenergy Heating System Donation



A $2.2 million dollar expansion of the University of Northern British Columbia’s (UNBC) award-winning bioenergy heating system was given a financial boost when the province, TransCanada and several other groups announced donations to move the project forward. The Government of British Columbia is putting $1.1 million into the project and TransCanada, $400,000.

The government investment will allow UNBC to begin the connection of its student residences, Enhanced Forestry Lab and daycare facility to a new district energy system, effectively reducing the use of fossil fuels for heating. Energy will initially come from the existing bioenergy systems on campus.

“TransCanada is committed to responsible energy development, which includes supporting programs that build strong, vibrant and sustainable communities where we operate across North America,” said Alex Pourbaix, executive vice-president and president, Development. “To that end, we have invested over $5 billion in renewable energy sources and one-third of the power we produce is from emission-less sources including the largest wind development in Canada, along with nuclear, hydro and solar facilities.”

TransCanada has been safely delivering critical energy products across the continent for more than 60 years and has a solid track record of responsible development, reliable operations, and treating our customers, partners and stakeholders with integrity and respect.

We operate one of the largest natural gas transmission networks in North America — 68,500 kilometres (km) (42,500 miles) — tapping into virtually every major gas supply basin and transporting approximately 20 per cent of the continent’s daily natural gas supply. We are North America’s third largest provider of natural gas storage and related services with more than 400 billion cubic feet (Bcf) of storage capacity.

We own or have interests in 21 power facilities with the capacity to generate 11,800 megawatts (MW) of electricity, enough to power nearly 12 million homes. One-third of the power we produce comes from emission-less sources including nuclear, hydro, wind and solar.

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