Public Works and Government Services Canada (PWGSC) is responsible for heating and cooling services for 80 and 67 buildings respectively within the National Capital Region (NCR). The Energy Services Acquisition Program was established in 2009 to “explore new business models for the provision of energy services in the NCR.” The modernization project looks for an energy services solution for PWGSC’s five Central Heating and Cooling Plants (CHCP) and their associated distribution networks within the four National Capital region service areas, three of which are in Ottawa and one in Gatineau. The five CHCP’s service 79 total buildings. Innovate Energy was announced as the successful proponent in June 2019. The contract includes a $1.1 billion investment for the design and construction of the new system, to be completed by 2025, and an additional $1.6 billion will cover the cost of operation and maintenance of the system through to 2055.