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C ity Hall is in hot water and Enmax is to blame, but the leaders of both groups were smiling and shaking hands Friday at the grand opening of the Downtown District Energy Centre.

The inner-city facility, more than a decade and $31.8 million in the making, supplies thermal heat to the municipal building, replacing seven aging boilers. In the future, the gas-fired plant will provide both heat and power to buildings downtown, increasing energy efficiency and reducing emissions.

The district energy operation will be integral to the future -- and long anticipated -- development of East Village complexes and a significant investment in the long-term future of downtown Calgary, Mayor Dave Bronconnier said at the opening. (more)