A recent study found that the City of Nanaimo could save more than $76

New boiler at Beban Park would save City of Nanaimo money

NANAIMO – The results are in for a $23,950 review of two natural-gas fired boilers at Beban Park.

The city can save 40 per cent in greenhouse gas emissions with new high-efficiency boilers, a new study shows.

The City of Nanaimo studied two natural-gas fired boilers at Beban Park this year in a $23,950 review, half of which was paid for by Fortis B.C. The boilers, more than 40 years old, heat the city’s swimming pools and provide heat for facilities.

The study found the city could save more than $76,000 or nearly 21 per cent a year if it bought high-efficiency condenser boilers, a cost of $622,000, including engineering, programming and piping. It also found by changing the boilers the city could reduce greenhouse gas emissions for the facility by 40 per cent.

“To me that’s huge,” said Scott Pamminger, city manager of infrastructure planning and energy. “I get excited about that kind of stuff, because I know I’m making a difference then.”

Pamminger is waiting to hear from Fortis B.C. on whether it would provide incentives to replace the boilers.

There’s no immediacy to replace the boilers, he said, adding they are functioning fine.

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