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Southeast False Creek Neighbourhood Energy Utility

Renewable energy coming to Mount Pleasant

March 21 2019 –

On March 23, the City will begin construction as part of the second phase of improvements along Quebec St – work that includes an expansion of the Neighbourhood Energy Utility (NEU) to buildings in the Mount Pleasant area later this year. 

Expansion of the Neighbourhood Energy Utility

As the first utility of its kind in North America, the NEU captures waste thermal energy from sewage to provide low-carbon space heating and hot water to buildings in the Southeast False Creek and Great Northern Way neighbourhoods. 

The utility began operations in 2010 and since then has rapidly expanded to serve approximately 5.4 million square feet of residential, commercial, and institutional space. 

The upcoming expansion involves the installation of NEU distribution pipe along a segment of Quebec St from south of 1st to 3rd avenues to extend service to buildings in the Mount Pleasant area for late 2019.

Over the long term, the green technology used by the NEU is anticipated to provide renewable energy to more than 22 million square feet of buildings in the False Creek Area, including False Creek Flats and Northeast False Creek.

Street improvements

Building on phase one of this work, the streets will be rebuilt to improve comfort and safety for all modes of travel. 

Construction will extend the rehabilitation of Quebec St from 1st to 3rd avenues with:

  • New sidewalks
  • A rehabilitated street
  • An extension of the protected bike lane to separate all road users
  • Upgraded traffic signals and street lights
  • Green rainwater infrastructure
  • An enhanced public realm with landscaped boulevards and trees

What to expect during construction

Construction along Quebec St will begin south of 1st Ave and progress south towards 3rd Ave. Traffic impacts include a full northbound closure of Quebec St from 1st to 3rd avenues including the bike lane. Road users are encouraged to plan ahead online or connecting on the go through VanConnect

Find more information about the Quebec St improvements including the NEU expansion.

The City extends its thanks in advance to residents, businesses and travellers for their patience while this work is underway.