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Federation of Canadian Municipalities

Federation of Canadian Municipalities


March 07, 2007 14:11 ET

Toronto's Exhibition Place unveils the first municipally-owned trigeneration system in Canada

TORONTO, ONTARIO--(CCNMatthews - March 7, 2007) - Minister of Natural Resources, the
Honourable Gary Lunn, City of Toronto Mayor David Miller, City of Toronto
Councillor Pam McConnell, representing the Federation of Canadian
Municipalities' (FCM), and Deputy Mayor Joe Pantalone, Chair of the Board of
Governors of Exhibition Place, today unveiled one of the largest trigeneration
systems in Canada and the first system that is municipally-owned. The
$4.4 million trigeneration system is supported by a Green Municipal Fund (GMF)
loan of $1,075,000, a $1 million loan from the Toronto Atmospheric Fund (TAF)
and $2,325,000 from the City of Toronto's Energy Retrofit Program.

Exhibition Place's trigeneration system will become the sole source of
power, heat and provide most of the cooling for the Direct Energy Centre at
Exhibition Place. The system consists of one 1,600 kilowatt natural gas-fired
generator with a heat-recovery package and a hot-water driven absorption
chiller. The waste heat produced by the engine is recovered and supplied in
the form of hot water to the absorption chiller, which in turn provides
cooling through a chemical process for the Direct Energy Centre in the summer
and augments the heating boilers in the winter. The recovered heat improves
overall plant efficiency from 40 percent, which is typical of a standard
engine, to an 80 percent level.

"Through the Green Municipal Fund and our ecoENERGY Initiatives, Canada's
new government is demonstrating its commitment to reduce air pollution and
greenhouse gases that affect our health and our environment," said Minister
Lunn. "Through innovative projects such as Exhibition Place's trigeneration
system, we are helping Canadians use less to live better."

"This announcement is an example of all governments working together to
bring real solutions to reduce smog and air pollution," said the Honourable
John Baird, Minister of the Environment. "Toronto's Exhibition Place is a
model in energy efficiency that will result in less air pollution and better
air quality for Canadians."

"All parties are to be applauded for their role in this terrific
project," said Mayor David Miller. "If we continue to work together in this
manner, we can meet the dual objectives of reducing energy use and cutting the
amount of greenhouse gases that are produced. Climate change is the issue of
our time and it is incumbent on us to do whatever we can as a city to address

The Government of Canada has endowed the Federation of Canadian
Municipalities with $550 million to establish and manage the Green Municipal
Fund. The Fund supports partnerships and leveraging of both public and private
sector funding to reach higher standards of air, water and soil quality, and
climate protection.

"FCM is proud that the Green Municipal Fund is supporting this project.
It will serve as an important model for replication in similar locations
across Canada," said Councillor Pam McConnell, representing the Federation.
"Now in its seventh year, the Green Municipal Fund has supported more than 500
studies, field tests, plans and capital projects for funding of over
$302 million, leveraging more than $1.9 billion of economic activity in
communities across Canada. As the only national fund that specifically
addresses the needs of municipal governments and their partners, its range of
financial solutions, resources, expertise and services has become the premier
source for municipal governments pursuing environmental infrastructure

"We estimate that Exhibition Place's trigeneration system will produce an
estimated 12.0 million kilowatt-hours of electricity per year; displace
7,400 tonnes of carbon dioxide (CO(2)) emissions; and supply approximately
30 percent of the energy needs of Exhibition Place," said City of Toronto
Deputy Mayor Joe Pantalone, Chair of the Board of Governors of Exhibition

"Exhibition Place is pioneering Canada's first municipal trigeneration
system," said Phil Jessup, TAF's Executive Director, "which will demonstrate
the most efficient energy supply solution available today for the City's

"The trigeneration system is an integral part of our goal to be energy
self-sufficient by 2010," said Dianne Young, CEO Exhibition Place, home of the
Direct Energy Centre, the 6th largest trade centre in North America.

"It's significant that the first fairground in the world to be lit by
electricity is now, 125 years later, still a showcase for innovation," said
Peter Love, Ontario's Chief Energy Conservation Officer. "This means
Exhibition Place is probably the first adopter of a culture of conservation in

"This project sets a benchmark in high-efficiency generation, exceeding
80 per cent overall efficiency, versus only 40 per cent with conventional
systems," said Jack Simpson, Vice President of Generation, Toronto Hydro
Energy Services. "The system will lower energy costs, provide greater energy
security for Exhibition Place, and save about $30 million over the life of the

FCM has been the national voice of municipal governments since 1901. It
is dedicated to improving the quality of life in communities by promoting
strong, effective and accountable municipal government.

For information on Exhibition Place, visit

For information on the City of Toronto, visit

For information on the Green Municipal Fund, including details of other
approved projects and studies, visit

For information on the Federation of Canadian Municipalities, visit

For information on Natural Resources Canada,

For information on Environment Canada, visit

Contact Information

  • Exhibition Place: Dianne Young, CEO and General
    Manager, (416) 263-3611, Fax: (416) 263-3640,; Green
    Municipal Fund: Lucille Hodgins, Manager, Community Liaison, Green Municipal
    Fund, Centre for Sustainable Community Development, Federation of Canadian
    Municipalities, (613) 241-5221, Ext. 299, Cell: (613) 447-0051, Fax: (613)
    244-1515,; Natural Resources Canada: Kathleen Olson, Acting
    Director of Communications, Minister's Office, Natural Resources Canada, (613)
    996-2007, Fax: (613) 943-0663; City of Toronto: Cindy Bromley, Manager,
    Communications, City of Toronto, (416) 392-4993, Cell: (416) 892-9155, Fax:
    (416) 397-5236,