“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.
Mayor Rob Mackin
Town of Hinton
780 740 5606
Lisa Mueller President and CEO
Epoch Energy Development
There are 4000+ wells drilled below 2,500m within a 70km radius of the Town of Hinton, many which have bottom-hole temperatures higher than 140 degrees Celsius. Through research to-date and general understanding of the region, Hinton is located in the epicentre of geothermal potential from hot water aquifers in the Western Canadian Sedimentary Basin.
Hinton is a community of 10,000 centrally located to numerous parks, lakes, trails and stunning recreation spots. Hinton is the regional centre to neighbouring communities with services, amenities, education and healthcare to meet the needs of those living in the West Yellowhead corridor. Hinton’s economy includes coal mining, oil and gas, tourism, a pulp and saw mill, as well as forestry research and training. Jasper National Park is 15 minutes to the west of Hinton, and Edmonton is approximately 3 hours to the East.
We produce thermal energy from repurposed well-bores and geothermal development and we recover energy from resource production operations.
We supply thermal energy to district energy systems for homes and buildings, power generation and food production.
Proudly, we are a private Alberta company.
Epoch is a force for change, delivering environmentally friendly and efficient heat and power for sustainable communities and economic growth. Albertans and Canadians returning to work, locally grown organic food and industry diversification will come within our creation of an epoch of renewable earth energy.
“This is a local economy story in which Hinton gets to play a role in defining the way it consumes energy and lead the way to a green, clean future for Alberta. But even better, we are putting locals back to work with a rethink of existing energy infrastructure – repurposing well bores to find latent heat energy, to offset the burden of abandoning wells while creating a creating a green energy source. And, we are doing it standing with the Hinton townspeople and government and industry in a time when the world is watching,” stated Lisa Mueller, President and CAO of Epoch Energy.