Taking Action to Manage Energy
Technology saves the City $8,000 - $10,000 a year
The Dow Centennial Centre has new ice technology that allows the use of cold water for arena flooding instead of the traditional hot water flooding. This technology called REALice® is used in over 400 arenas worldwide, and the NHL use it for all their outdoor games.
Through the Taking Action to Manage Energy (TAME+) program, the Dow Centennial Centre has been approved for a grant to procure the new system. The TAME+ program is an Alberta Government initiative for energy retrofits that pays up to 50% of the capital cost of the technology upgrade. The cost to implement the technology is approximately $17,000 with the rebate. Kelly Almer, Manager of the Dow Centennial Centre estimates an electricity saving of over 90,478 kWh and a natural gas saving of over 15,378 m3 per year. These figures equate to a potential savings of $8,000 to $10,000 per year. The savings will be put toward other needed projects in the DCC.
Fort Saskatchewan joins Camrose, Innisfail, Rocky Mountain House, and the Trico Centre in Calgary who have installed the REALice® technology.
“Since the installation at the Dow Centennial Centre, inquiries have come from Strathcona County and St. Albert who are considering the technology,” Almer said.