Public Works and Government Services Canada

Public Works and Government Services Canada

July 29, 2009 10:00 ET

Reducing Government's Environmental Footprint: PWGSC Launches Consultation Process for Energy Services

GATINEAU, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - July 29, 2009) - The Honourable Christian Paradis, Minister of Public Works and Government Services, today announced the beginning of industry consultations to identify the most environmentally responsible and cost-effective approach to meeting the energy requirements for Government of Canada buildings in the National Capital Area.

"Meeting the energy needs of our office buildings is not only a major expense but it has a significant impact on our environment," said Minister Paradis. "Some of these buildings are over 150 years old, using technology from the 1950s - it is time to rethink how we do things."

"Energy production is a rapidly evolving sector with many new possibilities for reducing our environmental footprint," stressed the Honourable Jim Prentice, Minister of the Environment. "We are going to work with industry to place Canada on a greener, more cost-efficient path."

"By tapping into private sector expertise and experience this government will take tangible action towards protecting the environment, while ensuring best value for Canadians," added Minister Paradis.

Public Works and Government Services Canada's (PWGSC) central heating and cooling plants will require major investments to improve their energy and environmental efficiency. We are taking a strategic approach to ensure the portfolio and any related projects continue to provide secure and reliable energy services while respecting the environment and taxpayers' dollars.

Today PWGSC is launching a consultation process through a Request for Information. Industry briefings will be held in major cities across the country this fall, and industry will have until October 30 to provide the government with information on technologies and services that could help meet its requirements.

This undertaking complements the significant progress PWGSC has made in improving the environmental performance of federal office buildings across Canada.

Documents related to this project can be found on MERX™, the government's electronic tendering service (

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Energy Services Acquisition Program

As the central service provider for the Government of Canada, Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC) provides thermal energy services on a cost-recovery basis to over 100 properties in the National Capital Area (NCA). PWGSC operates seven plants which produce steam, high-temperature hot water or chilled water. These plants are on five major networks:

- Cliff Distribution Network: three plants serve over 50 buildings located in downtown Ottawa.

- Tunney's Pasture: serves 18 buildings located in the Tunney's Pasture Campus.

- Confederation Heights: serves 15 buildings located in the Confederation Heights Campus at Heron Road and Riverside Drive.

- Booth Street Complex: serves 11 buildings located in the NRCan Campus on Booth Street.

- RCMP Headquarters: serves four buildings located at the RCMP Headquarters on the Vanier Parkway.

Four of these facilities also redistribute electricity to the buildings they serve. None of the plants generate electricity.

Key decisions need to be made about the future of these plants and how the Government acquires energy services to heat, cool and power federal buildings in the NCA. We are undertaking the Energy Services Acquisition Program to strategically involve the private sector in providing solutions to our energy services challenges and help reduce the government's environmental footprint.

The Program will involve a phased approach, over a number of years, to find the most effective solution to our challenges. The anticipated phases are:

- Phase 1: A Request for Information on Merx™ on July 29, 2009 and industry consultations during the fall. These will be used to gauge industry's interest and ability to partner with government on this initiative, and also to obtain information that would be used to draft a Request for Proposal (RFP) and Request for Qualification (RFQ).

- Phase 2: Posting of a draft RFP and a final RFQ for industry feedback on Merx™.

- Phase 3: Posting of the final RFP on Merx™.

- Phase 4: Selection of the preferred solution(s) to its requirements.

Until the preferred solution is in place, PWGSC will continue to maintain its central heating and cooling plant infrastructure to ensure continued reliable service to its clients.

Contact Information

  • Office of the Minister Paradis
    Mary-Ann Dewey-Plante
    Press Secretary
    Public Works and Government Services Canada
    Media Relations