The Government of Canada has announced the awarding of a $2.6 billion contract to Innovate Energy for the Energy Services Acquisition Program’s Energy Service Modernization.

“The Innovate Energy Team members consisting of PCL Constructors Canada, PCL Investments Canada, Black & McDonald, and Engie Services, along with our design partners BBB Architects Ottawa and WSP Canada, are honoured to have the opportunity to work with PSPC to modernize the district energy system,” said Tony Cook, construction manager for PCL Constructors Canada Inc. “This project will be one of the country’s most significant projects to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, save operational costs, and improve safety.”

Public Services and Procurement Canada (PSPC) is responsible for the heating and cooling of 80 and 67 building respectively through the National Capital Region. The project involves an energy services solution for its five central heating and cooling plants and the associated distribution networks.

The contract includes a $1.1 billion investment for the design and construction of the new system, to be completed by 2025. The additional $1.6 billion will cover the cost of operation and maintenance of the system through to 2055.

By switching the heating and cooling plants to cleaner technology – from steam, to a fully electric system for cooling and low-temperature hot water for heating – the project will reduce carbon pollution by 63 per cent, save hundreds of millions of dollars, and improve safety conditions.

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