Town of Hinton and Epoch Energy Partner
The Town of Hinton has announced a partnership with Epoch Energy to advance Hinton Geothermal; an innovative district energy heating system leveraging heat energy from deep, hot reservoirs in the Hinton area as well as a future goal of geothermal power generation. Hinton’s location is central to oil and gas exploration, well bore infrastructure, and the requisite geology to be repurposed for geothermal energy—an approach that is creative and novel in its vision.
“The opportunity to partner with Alberta-based Epoch Energy ensures the right people are at the table to quickly advance this project,” stated Mayor Rob Mackin.
Epoch Energy Development brings together the expertise needed to develop a community district heating system that will serve institutional and commercial buildings across Hinton with the potential to also provide new baseload renewable energy for the region. As well, Epoch will work with local energy producers to create a complete energy story, where local carbon intensity of existing infrastructure can be reduced by including clean energy sources.
Hinton Geothermal will create a competitive advantage for Hinton by providing an affordable and renewable heat source for the community, attracting new investment and diversification, reducing our carbon footprint and supporting regional exploration/production companies through utilizing this ‘new’ energy potential from existing wells.
Moving forward, a feasibility project will be completed to finalize the scope of the district heating facilities, develop a detailed capital and operating cost model, and confirm the economic viability of Hinton Geothermal through a comprehensive financial model.
Hinton Town Council has entered into a Letter of Intent with Epoch Energy and will be advancing efforts to complete the feasibility study for this project. Pre-feasibility work is already underway and meetings with key stakeholders and partners are taking place. Phase one of the pilot project includes heating many Town-owned buildings, the Hinton Training Centre, and a local high school. Future phases will explore expanded commercial, institutional and possible residential use of geothermal heat. Partners in Hinton Geothermal feel there is an opportunity for Hinton to experience further growth due to the availability of long-term predictable fixed rate heat to customers.