Revelstoke Seeks a Utility Partner
July 5, 2012

The Evolution of a Community-based Biomass District Energy System

The City of Revelstoke along with Revelstoke Community Energy Corporation (RCEC) is currently seeking Expressions of Interest (REFoI) from interested firms for a District Energy Utility Partner. The City commissioned Compass Resource Management to prepare the documentation and assist with the partner selection process.
The City and RCEC recently underewent a community energy and emissions planning (CEEP) initiative. As part of the CEEP process, Compass Resource Management completed a stand-alone business planning resource for RCEC (“RCEC Tools and Strategies Report”) and a “District Energy Expansion Potential” analysis. Following the completion of the aforementioned work, the City commissioned Compass to conduct additional research on ownership and governance and municipal policy issues. A workshop was convened with the RCEC board, City staff and Council to review options for RCEC ownership/governance and form the basis for ongoing deliberations between the City and RCEC. Subsequently, the City struck a task force and received a mandate from Council to begin the process of engaging a utility partner for the ownership and operation of RCEC.
The City of Revelstoke established the wholly-owned Revelstoke Community Energy Corporation (RCEC) to deliver thermal district energy services to downtown customers starting in 2005. The district energy system burns wood waste generated by the Downie Timber Sawmill to produce process steam for the Downie kiln and hot water for a number of municipal, institutional, residential and commercial buildings. RCEC is a community “partnership”, contracting with Downie Timber Ltd. for biomass supply, heat sales, and plant operations.
The Request for Expressions of Interest can be found on the City of Revelstoke website.