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Corner Brook Mayor Neville Greeley is seen at the Monday, Sept. 9, 2013 council meeting.
CORNER BROOK — The City of Corner Brook wants to pursue a project that is believed will significantly reduce energy usage at the Pepsi Centre, not to mention the facility’s operational costs.
For the past two years, the city has been working through an energy-reduction project at the civic centre with an energy efficiency company called Honeywell, but that project focused mainly on automating elements of the lighting, insulation and building systems.
Although some reductions in energy use were realized by Honeywell, that project did not primarily address the largest users of energy in the stadium, namely its refrigeration and heating systems.
The city has been in discussions with an energy-reduction consulting firm named IB Storey Ltd. regarding a potential project that would significantly reduce energy usage in the refrigeration and heating systems.
“This company has been involved with a number of similar projects that have resulted in significant energy reductions and they feel that the Pepsi Centre is a prime candidate for this type of project,” said Coun. Linda Chaisson at Monday night’s public meeting of city council.
IB Storey has told the city that a feasibility study on the project for the Pepsi Centre will cost $28,900, plus HST. The project itself has been estimated to cost nearly $770,000, plus tax.
At Monday’s meeting, council agreed to submit an application to the Green Municipal Fund, administered by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, for 50 per cent of the cost of the feasibility study. Council also approved a motion to apply to the Newfoundland and Labrador Green Fund, administered by the provincial government, for half the cost of the project itself.
The motion also stated that the city’s share of both the feasibility study and the project costs would be financed as a capital project with potential sharing of the savings to be discussed with the board that runs the city-owned Pepsi Centre.
“The project itself is to proceed only if the feasibility study shows the payback on investment is 10 years or better,” said Chaisson.
The 111,000-square foot Pepsi Centre, which receives an annual subsidy from the City of Corner Brook in the amount of $850,000, is expected to incur a roughly $600,000 expenditure for electricity and fuel oil this year.
“The rising cost of energy and high consumption rate has contributed to increased fees to users, but that also makes it the area with the most potential for cost savings,” said Chaisson.