RMOW reduces temperatures at municipal facilities; businesses and residents also encouraged to conserve natural gas
B.C.’s natural gas supply may continue to be limited this winter following a rupture of a natural gas transmission pipeline near Prince George on October 9 and natural gas distributor FortisBC is asking customers across the Province to reduce use.
To help prevent outages during peak demand periods, the Resort Municipality of Whistler (RMOW) has responded by implementing conservation measures across its municipal facilities – including Meadow Park Sports Centre, Maury Young Arts Centre, Municipal Hall, Whistler Olympic Plaza and more.
The RMOW is asking businesses and residents to do what they can to conserve natural gas during this shortage and encourages them to adopt these practices long-term.
“We appreciate the public’s patience and understanding while we take measures to reduce our natural gas use and do our part to prevent natural gas outages in B.C.,” said Whistler Mayor Jack Crompton. “I encourage everyone in Whistler, including businesses and residents, to do the same. Keep in mind, year-round, conserving our use of natural gas is a significant step we can take in Whistler towards reducing our community’s carbon footprint.”
Temperature reductions and more
To reduce natural gas usage, the RMOW has set the temperature for its natural gas heating systems to 18 degrees Celsius.
This has been applied to Municipal Hall, the Public Safety building (where the RCMP and Whistler Fire Rescue Service is located), Maury Young Arts Centre and the Public Works Yard. Systems powered by electric heat are being operated as normal as BC Hydro’s electricity supply is not affected.
Air temperatures have been reduced by one degree Celsius at Meadow Park Sport Centre. Pool and hot tub temperatures remain unchanged, as they use a geothermal heat pump system.
The temperature has also been reduced at the Whistler Transit Facility. Whistler Transit will use block heaters overnight to reduce the time to warm buses in the morning – since Whistler Transit buses are fuelled by compressed natural gas.
The public gas fireplaces at Whistler Olympic Plaza and Whistler Olympic Pavilion have been turned off.
The RMOW is connecting with its partners to assess the impact on the resort in the event of an outage.
What you can do to conserve natural gas
The RMOW is encouraging businesses and residents to follow natural gas distributor, FortisBC’s recommendations to reduce their natural gas use.
FortisBC has a complete set of energy conservation recommendations for their customers on their website including the use of natural gas fireplaces, thermostats, showers, clothes washers/dryers, dishwashers, pools, decorative fireplaces and outdoor heaters, and more.
To find out the steps you can take, visit FortisBC.com.
Community Energy and Climate Action Plan
In Whistler, the two largest contributors to our community’s greenhouse gas (GHG) emissions are passenger vehicle use (55 percent) and natural gas (35 percent) use in businesses and residences. This winter, two significant steps residents and visitors can take to help reduce our community’s carbon footprint are conserving use of natural gas and taking transit.
For more information on Whistler’s Community Energy and Climate Action Plan visit www.whistler.ca/climateaction
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.