Green Power at F.M. Woods Pumping Station

June 5, 2008

Healthy Environment

We launched another small step in the implementation of Guelph’s Community Energy Plan today.

We have joined several other municipalities in the Province, including Mississauga and York Region, to demonstrate leadership in the fight against climate change by purchasing some green power.

We are purchasing green power to run the F.M. Woods Pumping Station. The power is sourced exclusively from wind and low-impact hydro generators. Our green power purchase amounts to more than 1,827 megawatt-hours. It will help reduce the City’s electricity-related carbon dioxide footprint by 400 tonnes in 2008. This is significant, because our Community Energy Plan sets a goal of reducing carbon emissions by 9 tonnes per person over the next 25 years.

It is significant that this green power is going to out Waterworks facility. It’s estimated that the City’s water treatment and pumping operations account for 25 to 30 per cent of all of our corporate electricity usage. Now, that’s for all pumping and treatment – not just this main pumping station, which is the one being powered by green energy. But it gives you an indication of how energy-intensive the provision of water service is.

That is one of the reasons the City promotes water conservation so bigorously in our community. Certainly, water is a precious resource itself that must be conserved. But when we conserve water, we also conserve a significant amount of energy that goes into pumping and treatment.

So when you save water, you save energy, and ultimately reduce your carbon footprint.

Here’s a picture from the event, with Peter Busatto, Manager of Waterworks on the left and Tom Heintzman, President of Bullfrog Power on the right.

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3 Comments on “Green Power at F.M. Woods Pumping Station”

  1. Tom Davidson Says:

    Good morning Mayor Farbridge,

    I am totally behind the climate change program, but could you please give the citizens of Guelph the cost between the non green pwer verses the green power.

  2. ksulliva Says:

    Hello Tom,

    The green power costs an additional 3 cents per kilowatt-hour (non-green energy cost is 5.9 cents per kilowatt-hour), and the green power purchase represents about 1% of the City’s total costs for water and electricity.

    Hope this helps.

    Kate Sullivan, Mayor’s Office

  3. Doug Says:

    So the real cost is 8.9 cents per kilowatt-hour.
    What a bargain!
    And to think, there is no real way of making sure you are actually using green power unless you go off grid. It all goes into and out of the same pot.
    How much power dose Bullfrog attribute to line loss?
    Another example of how hard the City is trying to save money.
    Makes for a great photo opp though.

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