A sewage heat station or a biomass plant placed near the Marine Drive SkyTrain station are two suggested options for a $100-million plan to green the Cambie Street corridor. According to Chris Baber, the City of Vancouver’s neighbourhood energy manager, a study found those two options as potentials for the plan, which aims to replace all heating boilers in the corridor with a network of heated water pipes pumped out by the proposed south Vancouver plant. Boilers are expected to be switched out as they expire. A sewage line currently runs directly underneath Cambie, and heat generated by that line could be converted at a plant to potentially feed the entire corridor. Another option is a biomass plant, which would burn or gasify wood waste to generate heat. Both options could potentially reduce 80% of existing emissions, Baber said. The funding should be recuperated through heating bills, Baber said, and he expects the project to be completed around 2016.
Sewage heat, biomass fuel could green Cambie corridor