Cutting the ribbon at the lauch of Burlington Electricity Services Micro Turbine Cogeneration Project
Cutting the ceremonial ribbon to launch Burlington Electricity Services' Micro Turbine Cogeneration Project, September 29th - (from left to right) Joe Saunders, VP, Regulatory Compliance and Asset Management, Burlington Electricity Services Inc.; Gerry Smallegange, President and CEO, Burlington Hydro Electric Inc.; Burlington MPP Eleanor McMahon; MPP Bob Delaney, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Energy; and, Deputy Mayor, Councillor Rick Craven.

Micro Turbine Cogeneration Project Highlights the Functionality of Community District Energy Systems

 September 29, 2015, Burlington, ON – Today, September 29th, Bob Delaney, MPP, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Energy; Burlington MPP Eleanor McMahon; City of Burlington Deputy Mayor Rick Craven; and Burlington Hydro President and CEO, Gerry Smallegange launched Burlington Electricity Services’ Micro Turbine Cogeneration Plant at an official ribbon cutting ceremony. Local and provincial dignitaries, local business leaders and industry stakeholders were on-hand for the event.

Situated at the south side of Burlington Hydro’s facility at 1340 Brant Street, the unit will provide heat and electricity to the company’s office building. The installation of the portable natural gas Micro Turbine Cogeneration Plant is the centerpiece of a demonstration project undertaken by Burlington Electricity Services Inc. in support of the City of Burlington’s Community Energy Plan (CEP).

“Congratulations to Burlington Electricity Services as they demonstrate cutting edge technologies in support of the City’s Community Energy Plan,” said Bob Delaney, MPP, Parliamentary Assistant to the Minister of Energy. “Projects like this one not only offer a sustainable way to generate electricity, they can also provide valuable insights for other organizations considering the benefits of future cogeneration or district heating projects in the Burlington area.”

An important feature of the CEP is the exploration of options for potential district heating and cogeneration projects in the community. As a central partner in the development of the CEP, Burlington Hydro has committed to demonstrating technologies and evaluating their effectiveness in commercial and larger residential buildings by undertaking certain pilot projects through its affiliate, Burlington Electricity Services Inc.

“Increasing sustainable local energy generation in ways that support the City’s economic competitiveness is an important objective identified in the Community Energy Plan,” says Deputy Mayor Rick Craven, and Ward 1 Councillor. “Not only does this project represent a positive step forward in the implementation of that Plan, but because the plant is self-contained and portable, it is well-suited for permanent relocation at sometime in the future.”

An interconnection into the building’s electrical supply and heating system produces 90 kW of electricity, enough to offset one third of the building’s peak load and provide sufficient heat for much of the building.

District heating can provide heat for multiple buildings from a single heating plant. Hot water or steam is distributed to these buildings through underground piping. This is an efficient source of energy as district heating systems operate at higher efficiencies than individual building heating systems.

“Cogeneration involves the production of electricity and heat simultaneously from a single fuel source,” explains Gerry Smallegange, President and CEO. “This is more efficient as the heat normally generated through conventional thermal electricity generation is not wasted.”