Hay River and Fort Resolution Trip

Posted 2013-09-13
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Category Community Visits

A community visit was made to Hay River and Fort Resolution during the last week of August, with a special focus on biomass projects in the South Slave region.    Arctic Energy Alliance (AEA) staff, John Carr and Yichao Chen visited Taylor & Company and had a tour of their pellet delivery equipment and the local bulk pellet storage in Hay River.  It is uplifting to see the expanding local capacity of small bulk wood pellets delivery and the increasing interest in biomass in the region.

Joel Hubert, the Operating Engineer of the Public Works biomass district heating plant, showed the AEA staff the inner working of the 1MW commercial pellet boiler that provides heat to four nearby schools in Hay River. Installed in 2010, the plant has been operating for three years and the maintenance team is riding the learning curve to make the plant’s operation easier and more efficient. Larger heat exchangers will be put into three of the four schools to allow better heat transfer during the upcoming heating season.

In Fort Resolution, AEA staff conducted a site visit to the Elders’ Residence on behalf of the NWT Housing Corporation to assess the feasibility of converting the building to biomass as primary heat source. This project is part of the biomass initiative by the NWT Housing Corp to install wood pellet boilers for the multi-unit public housing across the NWT.

AEA staff also met with the local people in Fort Resolution including the Government Service Officer, Band Office staff, Hamlet staff, and local contractor Bjornson Construction, to discuss biomass technologies and energy efficiency programs such as the Energy Efficiency Incentive Program (EEIP), Alternative Energy Technologies Program (AETP), and Commercial Energy Conservation and Efficiency Program (CECEP). AEA staff also followed up on the Arena of Fort Resolution: it is upgrading to new LED lights for this upcoming hockey season as a result of previous energy conservation efforts within the CECEP program.

This picture shows The Harry Camsell School, one of the four nearby schools that are heated by the biomass boiler.