Lloyd Eco-District pursues renewable energy system

Study would explore feasibility of sharing power

The Lloyd Eco-District could get its own renewable energy system some day.

The Portland Development Commission has selected a team of consultants to study the feasibility of creating a district energy system to be shared by the Oregon Convention Center, Rose Garden Arena and Veterans Memorial Coliseum.

Vancouver, B.C.-based Corix Infrastructure will lead the team.

The effort is part of a clean energy strategy of the Lloyd Eco-District, a project of the city of Portland, property owners and the Portland Sustainability Institute. It's one of a handful of budding Eco Districts in Portland, a way to apply green building and related sustainable approaches on a neighborhood scale.

A district energy system is a way of delivering heating and cooling to surrounding buildings using a highly efficient energy plant. It could involve solar, geothermal, cogeneration or other energy approaches.