Edmonton International Airport continues powering up its green future

posted on 15th June 2021 by Eddie Saunders
Edmonton International Airport continues powering up its green future

Edmonton International Airport (EIA) is continuing its commitment to environmental sustainability by powering up a new natural gas cogeneration facility that will significantly lower carbon emissions and reduce costs.

This new facility began construction in 2019 and became operational in the spring of 2021. It provides electricity and heat for airport operations from the same source.

The heat from electrical power generation is now captured and used to heat water, which heats the EIA terminal.

The new cogeneration power plant will reduce Edmonton Airport’s annual carbon emissions by approximately 20 per cent or 7,000-8,000 tonnes of CO2 equivalent per year, roughly the same as taking 2,400 vehicles off the road.

Once fully operational, the facility will also reduce EIA’s energy costs by roughly $800,000 per year.

“We’re pleased to announce the installation of our cogeneration plant as it will offer critical reductions in CO2e for our EIA airport sustainability campus,” Tom Ruth, president and CEO, Edmonton International Airport​.

“We couldn’t have done it without our partners, the Government of Alberta and ATCO, and we’re thankful for their support.

“Our company is committed to being carbon-neutral by 2040 under our commitment to The Climate Pledge and this new cogeneration facility goes a long way to helping us get closer to that goal by reducing our current emissions by 20 per cent.”

Located adjacent to the central utilities plant, the total estimated cost of the project was $11 million. ATCO was the Prime Contractor in the cogeneration project.

“We’re thrilled to partner with EIA and help them execute their vision for energy management and environmental stewardship,” Lance Radke, ATCO vice president, customer experience and initiatives.

“ATCO is eager to play a role in advancing energy efficiency and sustainability through innovative, cost-effective technologies such as CoGen.

“Using natural gas, an abundant, affordable and clean energy source, makes CoGen a win-win solution that offers facilities an opportunity to decrease their environmental footprint through decreased GHG emissions and lower operational costs.”

The Government of Alberta contributed $1.85 million towards the construction of this natural gas-powered facility.

“Alberta’s government continues to invest in bold and ambitious long-term projects, like this unique partnership between ATCO and the Edmonton International Airport, as part of Alberta’s Recovery Plan to invest in technology and innovation to protect the environment and get Albertans back to work when it matters most,” Jason Nixon, Minister of Environment and Parks.

“This project has great potential to reduce emissions and create jobs and I look forward to seeing it thrive.”

“This exciting project is a perfect example of how Alberta is leading the way on diversification and exciting new projects,” Doug Schweitzer, Minister of Jobs, Economy and Innovation.

“Albertans’ entrepreneurship and innovation makes us the best place to invest in new technologies and research.

“Edmonton International Airport and ATCO’s partnership shows that the sky is the limit for what we can accomplish together.”

“I commend ATCO and Edmonton International Airport on their leadership and vision towards an energy-efficient future,” Dale Nally, Associate Minister of Natural Gas and Electricity

“Alberta is a perfect destination for private investment in low carbon and renewable electricity, a direct result of our decision to proceed with an energy-only market and our government’s commitment to reducing emissions through the very successful Technology Innovation and Emissions Reduction program.”