Decisions follow report on Home Energy System Repair and Maintenance Program
Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW) Council has supported and amended recommendations for the Cheakamus Crossing District Energy System (DES) following a comprehensive report and presentation by the Whistler 2020 Development Corporation (WDC) and senior RMOW staff. Watch the presentation online [Start video at 7:42 p.m.].
The 38-page report reviewed the history of the Cheakamus Crossing development and DES, previous reports including a 2016 Forensic Report and Energy Study, as well as the results from the independent consulting engineers on the work completed on home heating systems through the Phase 1 and 2 Home Energy System Repair and Maintenance Program. The Cheakamus Crossing DES Volunteer Committee participated in the selection of the consulting engineers retained to undertake this work.
The report concluded that based on the independent expert review there are no systemic failures with the DES system. WDC has spent $356,971 on Phase 1 and Phase 2 Home Energy System Repair and Maintenance Program and related studies funded by a loan from the RMOW.
The amended resolutions supported by Council were to:
- Direct the WDC to extend Phase 2 of the DES Upgrade and Maintenance Program to a final end date of May 1, 2018;
- Request the WDC to facilitate a discussion of bulk pricing for annual maintenance of the home heating systems in the 174 townhomes constructed by the WDC; and
- Direct staff to create a process that would conditionally allow owners of the 174 townhomes constructed by the WDC, who have met the criteria of Phase 2, the option to disconnect from the DES, if they are still dissatisfied with the operation of their home heating systems.
A recommendation to explore the potential sale of the DES to a private company to allow private management and regulation as a utility under the BC Utilities Commission was not supported.
The District Energy System (DES) was constructed for Cheakamus Crossing when the neighbourhood was built for the 2010 Winter Games as the Whistler Athletes’ Village. Ninety per cent of the homes in the neighbourhood are restricted to the Whistler workforce through the Whistler Housing Authority. There are 174 homes developed by WDC connected to the DES through individually owned and operated heating systems. The DES provides homes with, water that is pre-heated from treated wastewater effluent. The RMOW operates and maintains the DES plant located at the Whistler Wastewater Treatment Plant, as well as piping in public areas.
An energy study conducted on the efficiency of the DES concluded it reduced greenhouse gases for the neighbourhood by 95 per cent as opposed to individual homes heated by natural gas.
About the Whistler 2020 Development Corp.
The RMOW created the Whistler 2020 Development Corporation, incorporated as a business under the Business Corporations Act (BC), to facilitate the delivery of the Whistler Athletes’ Village for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. RMOW is the sole shareholder of the Corporation, however it is a separate entity with no political connection to the local government.
The Whistler 2020 Development Corporation Board of Directors included elected members and staff of the RMOW, Whistler community representatives, and was chaired by two volunteer development professionals.
Guided by the principles adopted by RMOW Council, the Whistler 2020 Development Corporation responsibilities have included developing the Legacy Neighbourhood master plan, developing the business plan and monitoring construction and development on the property.
About the Resort Municipality of Whistler
The Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW) is a destination resort community, local government organization and leader in providing municipal programs, services, progressive planning and infrastructure for almost 12,000 residents and three million annual visitors. Situated in the Coast Mountains of British Columbia, Whistler was the Host Mountain Resort for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games. Our vision: to be the premier mountain resort community as we move towards sustainability.