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2010 Winter Games venues track energy consumption in real time

January 25, 2010 | By Anthony Capkun

BC Hydro and the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC) announced the launch of an online energy tracker that will publicly monitor real-time energy consumption of 2010 Winter Games sites within the cities of Vancouver and Richmond, the Resort Municipality of Whistler and Whistler Blackcomb.

The LIVE TRACKER will help venue managers optimize their use of
electricity while tracking and displaying energy and greenhouse gas
savings achieved as a result of Power Smart building and operating
“The 2010 Winter Games will not only showcase B.C.’s leadership in
clean energy but also draw attention to our world-leading conservation
programs,” said Blair Lekstrom, minister of energy, mines and petroleum
resources for the province. “Thanks to energy-efficiency measures that
have been implemented at 2010 Winter Games venues and associated sites,
through Power Smart programs, the venues are expected to save
approximately 18GW/h of electricity.”

Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games venues and
associated sites participating in the live energy tracking project
include the Richmond Olympic Oval, Canada Hockey Place, Vancouver
Olympic/Paralympic Centre, South East False Creek Community Centre,
Whistler Blackcomb Roundhouse Lodge and Snowmaking Facilities and the
Olympic and Paralympic Villages, Vancouver and Whistler.

“The energy efficiency measures at the venues, combined with the
heightened awareness provided by the online tracker could save some
venues as much as 15% to 20% in energy costs with corresponding
reductions in carbon emissions,” said Beverly Van Ruyven acting BC
Hydro president and CEO. “We have worked to build efficiency and
conservation into the design of many new venues and have made retrofits
to a number of existing buildings that will continue to contribute to
our province’s conservation goals long after the Games are over.”


The online energy management software for the venue energy tracking
dashboard was developed by B.C.-based Pulse Energy. The software helps
measure and verify the effectiveness of retrofits and sustainable
attributes in their design and construction. Real-time energy tracking
enables facilities to optimize their energy efficiency on an hourly and
daily basis. It also enables them to compare their performance to other
similar facilities.

“This marks the first time Games venues and associated sites have
collected and publicly reported on their energy consumption during
Games-time,” said VANOC CEO John Furlong. “Thanks to the commitment of
BC Hydro and our 2010 venue partners in Vancouver, Whistler and
Richmond, our Games will achieve a high standard of energy performance.
This is a legacy that will pay dividends for years to come through
ongoing use of these facilities.”

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