Future Energy Park
North America’s Largest Carbon Negative RNG and Ethanol Project
- An innovative clean energy project connecting Alberta’s agriculture and energy sectors
- A net CO2 negative renewable biofuels facility
- Uses low-grade wheat to produce renewable natural gas and ethanol
Future Energy Park will provide direct benefits to the City of Calgary and the Province of Alberta including:
- Approximately 800 jobs over 24 months during construction and 50 jobs during operations
- Direct revenue of over $150 million annually to rural wheat producers
- Provincial and municipal tax revenues
- Repurposed by-products including cattle feed and fertilizer
Where is the Facility Located?
Located within the City of Calgary, Future Energy Park is being sited in an industrial area southeast of the intersection of Peigan and Stoney Trail SE.
Access to the site will be from 84 Street SE along the boundary of Rocky View County and the city. The plant will be constructed and operated on a 21 hectare site (52 acre) on lands designated for future industrial use.
What are the Components of the Facility?
Working with a team of architects, engineers, planners, environmental specialists, and landscape architects, the plant will be a landmark facility showcasing the technological ingenuity involved in the production of renewable fuels.
Our team is developing conceptual architectural plans reflective of a modern energy facility. As our final design moves forward it will be shared with the community.
Where Alberta’s Agriculture and Energy Sectors Meet
Future Energy Park will consist of many different parts that all work together in creating sustainable biofuels.
Future Energy Park and the Environment
Preliminary noise studies have been conducted to understand potential sound sources and their contribution to the surrounding area. Based on these studies, the Project will not result in significant changes to ambient noise and the facility will comply with applicable provincial and municipal noise requirements.
The facility will be designed to meet the Alberta Ambient Air Quality Objectives and provincial and federal standards for nitrogen oxides (NOx).
The facility will be illuminated to ensure safety at the site and will abide by the City of Calgary’s lighting requirements.
Safety is paramount and considered in every aspect of the facility’s design from construction through to operations. A site-specific emergency response plan will be developed and reviewed by local emergency services to incorporate their knowledge and expertise.
Alberta Culture and Status of Women have reviewed our application under the Heritage Resources Act and has granted an approval for the Project under the Act.
Impacts to sensitive wildlife species are not anticipated since the site is currently cultivated and surrounded by major roadways and industrial areas, limiting suitable wildlife habitat.
Vegetation and Soils
Vegetation and soils assessments have been completed and there are no anticipated effects to rare plants, since potential for suitable habitat is very low, and problematic soils were identified.
Wetlands and Waterbodies
Wetlands on the Project site have been assessed and the Project team has submitted an application to Alberta Environment and Parks to offset wetland disturbance in accordance with the Alberta Wetland Policy. There are no natural watercourses located on or adjacent to the Project site.
Power Generation Details
Future Energy Park will use ultra high efficiency gas fired cogeneration technology to produce both steam and electricity for use on-site.
The cogeneration plant will be equipped with two (2) 14.4 megawatt (MW) gas turbines, two (2) heat recovery steam generators, and two (2) exhaust stacks. The plant will have a maximum output of 28.8 MW with ~24 MW of power supporting the facility with any surplus being supplied to the local electrical grid.
The cogeneration plant will be enclosed within a building that is connected to a 25 kilovolt (kV) switchyard located within the boundaries of the site. ENMAX will connect the switchyard to the electrical distribution system.
The cogeneration plant will use natural gas supplied by an existing pipeline adjacent to the site.
Land Use and Development Permits
A land use redesignation and a development permit need to be approved by The City of Calgary to build the facility. The current land use district is designated as a Special Future Urban District that will need to be changed to an Industrial Direct Control District to suit the needs of the project. After the land use redesignation is completed, a corresponding development permit will need to be obtained.
The City of Calgary has an established process for the review of land use redesignation and development permit applications. This includes public notices, circulation to City of Calgary departments for review and comment, public hearing, council and/or City Planning Commission approval. When an application is submitted, it can be viewed at The City of Calgary’s Dmap portal (https://dmap.calgary.ca/) and updates will be provided on the Project website.
The land use redesignation application and the development permit application will be submitted in the second quarter of 2022.
The following timelines are currently anticipated and are subject to change.
City of Calgary – Land Use Redesignation and Development Permit
A land use redesignation and a development permit will be required from the City of Calgary. The current land use district, Special Future Urban District, is proposed for redesignation as Industrial Direct Control District. The City of Calgary has an established process for land use redesignation and development permit applications. This includes public notices, circulation to City of Calgary departments for review and comment, a public hearing, and Council and/or City Planning Commission approval. Once Future Energy Park’s application is submitted, it can be viewed at The City of Calgary’s Dmap portal with updates to be provided on the Project website. The land use redesignation and the development permit application are expected to be submitted in the spring of 2022.
Alberta Environment and Parks
The facility is subject to review and approval by Alberta Environment and Parks (AEP) under the Environmental Protection and Enhancement Act. An application under the Act is anticipated in the summer of 2022. Future Energy Park Inc. will be sharing its environmental findings with the public through our ongoing engagement activities.
Alberta Utilities Commission
The Alberta Utilities Commission (AUC) is responsible for the review and approval of the proposed cogeneration plant. The AUC is an independent, quasi-judicial agency of the province of Alberta. The AUC is responsible to ensure that the delivery of Alberta’s utility service takes place in a manner that is fair, responsible, and in the public interest. Submission of an application to the AUC is anticipated for the fall of 2022. Further information on their regulatory process can be found at www.auc.ab.ca or by contacting our Project team.
Alberta Energy Regulator
Future Energy Park Inc. is working with the Alberta Energy Regulator (AER) to determine permitting requirements for pipelines that may be needed for the facility.
The following documents have been developed to share information regarding Future Energy Park.
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