Burlington’s Stoneridge first North American arena to use ‘private utility’ energy
January 10, 2019 – Stoneridge Ice Centre in Burlington, Ont., formerly known as the Wave Twin Rinks, has become the first arena facility anywhere in North America to adopt Order of Magnitude (OOM) Energy’s ‘private utility’ model for electric power.
By Peter Saunders
The dedicated hockey training centre, which includes two full-size rinks and two mini-pads, is working with OOM to be removed from the public utility grid and to reduce its power costs.
“The ever-increasing cost of electricity is a huge problem for hockey arenas and recreational facilities and has even put some of them out of business,” says Craig Clydesdale, OOM’s founder and CEO. “The idea of working with a private utility is new for them, but we think it can take off in this industry.”
OOM’s integrated energy platform (IEP) is a portable on-site power system that uses ‘green’ technologies—including co-generation and batteries—to provide power with low emissions. Stoneridge is paying a fixed monthly fee under a long-term energy services agreement, with initial cost savings estimated at 20% compared to a public utility.
“After a site visit from OOM, we learned how to reduce water consumption and create our own snow-melting system,” says Anthony Miele, managing partner of Stoneridge. “The effect on our bottom line is significant. We are thrilled to be the first arena to go this route.”