The Flames announced they’re eliminating the Fusion power plant, a project that took five years to build and is now being phased out as part of a multi-year plan to address CO2 emissions and the greenhouse gas (GHG) footprint.
The Flames say they’re retiring the project as part the NHL’s long-term plan to transition to cleaner energy sources, with the Flames expected to take a one-time $2 million hit in 2020-21.
The Flames said they’re taking the decision to cut the facility in light of the growing and changing nature of the industry.
Flames president and CEO Brad Treliving said in a release that he’s hopeful that the move will “make the game better for fans and players, and ultimately better for the environment.”
The decision to close the facility comes in the wake of a series of CO2-related emissions issues in the hockey community.
The facility’s cooling systems and cooling towers are being replaced, and some fans and seats at the arena have also been relocated.
The hockey club said it will not reopen until the plant is fully operational.
“We’re excited to announce that we’ve taken this action today in order to better manage the energy costs associated with our CO2 emission and climate change solutions,” Trelving said.
“As we look ahead, we’re confident that the decision will make the game more fun for all fans and make a meaningful contribution to our community.
We look forward to the continued support of our community.”
The Flames had been using the facility for decades and have been in discussions to build a new facility at the former site.
Treliving noted that the facility had “an extensive carbon footprint,” and that the Flames are now working to find a new location to move their hockey operations to.
The team has been trying to relocate its hockey operations out of Calgary for more than 20 years.