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Steering Committee in City of Toronto

City of Toronto's plan to lower greenhouse gas emissions includes releasing the potential of District Energy. 27 nodes for future developments in the cities high density areas are in play for new systems.

In an effort to develop a market for district energy in the city, Toronto has asked the Decentralised Energy Advisory in North America and the Danish District Energy Alliance to participate in its steering committee.

The City of Toronto is currently evaluating potential bidders for the development of 27 potential nodes for hot water district energy. The overall goal for the city is to lower its greenhouse gas emissions by 80 % in 2050. After abandoning coal fired power plants in 2014 and moving heavy industry out of the city, the next step for Toronto is – very similar to other cities –emissions from buildings and transportation. With transportation the big effect is to get people out of their cars and into electrified transit networks. With buildings the big effect is to connect buildings to low-carbon thermal networks.

Source: City of Toronto

Expanding district energy systems and developing a sound market model is part of reaching the ambitious target. As all Canadian cities, Toronto does not have the option of mandating the utilities or real estate developers to develop district energy, and the city’s budget does not allow for big capital investments.
The DEA and a group of Danish originated companies will have a technical as well as a facilitating advisory role to the city. This role includes connecting to Danish and European experiences in district energy markets such as Copenhagen, London and Hamburg. The goal of the steering committee is to help the city create a stable, future proof development of smaller systems that will be able to connect in the future no matter the developer. 

Facts about the City of Toronto                                                  
Greater Toronto Area has 7 million inhabitants, and Toronto is North America’s 4th largest city.
The city grows with 80.000 to 100.000 inhabitants a year.
Rising energy costs are of major concern in the city and the province of Ontario, but often focussed on electricity and not heat.
District energy networks is known solutions in the city, as the downtown area holds several systems and a deep lake water cooling system run by a private utility.
An ambitious energy and climate plan drives the development of a market, where district energy is crucial for lowering building emissions

The DDEA and Decentralised Energy Advisory in Canada
The DEA in North America has had frequent talks with the City of Toronto on their long term work on district energy and efforts to kick start the district energy initiatives in the city. This development has started in 2011 with the initial mapping of potential areas. The DEA is able to engage private and public utilities within hydro, gas, electricity and with campus area, real estate developers and future investors in these efforts.


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