PDC looking at district power options
By Christina Williams
Sustainable Business Oregon editor
The Rose Garden would be among the buildings served by a district power system that the Portland Development Commission will consider.
The Portland Development Commission announced Tuesday it will work with a Canadian company to research the option of developing, owning and operating a district energy system that would encompass the Rose Garden Arena, Veterans Memorial Coliseum and the Oregon Convention Center.
The feasibility assessment, to be done by Vancouver, British Columbia-based Corix Infrastructure, will be completed once the company and the PDC finalize a memorandum of understanding.
The idea behind district energy is using a unified system to more efficiently heat and cool buildings that are in close proximity to each other. The system also provides flexibility in incorporating renewable energy generation and combined heat and power.
The district energy system would be part of the Lloyd EcoDistrict, one of five eco-districts being piloted by the city in partnership with the Portland Sustainability Institute. The institute's second annual EcoDistrict Summit begins this week.
Corix, which has built similar systems in Canada, would work with Seattle-based McKinstry and Cincinnati-based Fosdick & Hilmer on the project.
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