What is the CCDEU?

Lulu Island Energy is currently developing a plan to construct a district energy system that will connect to new developments throughout the entire City Centre area. In the meantime, LIEC has been coordinating with developers to ensure that new construction in the City Centre area is ready to be connected to this future City Centre District Energy Utility (CCDEU).

There are currently two types of buildings in the City Centre area:

  • Buildings that are “District Energy Ready”. These developments are not yet serviced by LIEC, however their mechanical systems have been designed to easily connect to the future CCDEU.
  • Buildings that are in the CCDEU service area are denoted by green on the map. These developments are designed to contain low-carbon energy plants on site. Once these developments are constructed, LIEC will service them through the on-site low-carbon energy plants. These energy plants will be connected to the future CCDEU, which will increase the efficiency of the complete system.

The award winning City Centre Area Plan supports the use of low-carbon sources of energy in Richmond by ensuring new developments in the area are built with an on-site low-carbon energy plant which is compatible to connect to the future CCDEU system. It is anticipated that the CCDEU will use primarily sewer heat reclamation as a source of energy.

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The information shown on this map is true and complete as per the date printed on the map.

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Phase 1: Originally, developments built in the CCDEU area were required to be “District Energy Ready”, meaning that they could easily be connected to the future CCDEU. These developments are not currently serviced by LIEC.

Phase 2: New developments in the CCDEU service area receive space heating, cooling, and domestic hot water heating from an onsite low-carbon energy plant that LIEC owns and operates. These sites are outlined in green on the map.

Phase 3 (future): The plan for the future CCDEU is to serve all new developments within the entire red area on the map. At full build out, the CCDEU could potentially become the largest North American district energy system, servicing approximately 70 million square feet of space.

LIEC rates include all commodity costs, day-to-day maintenance and operating costs, and all DEU equipment replacement costs: you won’t need to ever worry about any on-going maintenance or end-of-life replacement costs for in-building energy generation equipment, such as boilers, chillers and cooling towers.

See the rates bylaw here.

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Below are links to PDF documents that should guide developers in setting up their building to be connected to the CCDEU.

If you’re looking for documents on other districts, please visit our Developer Information page.

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