The district heating industry is pleased that they can now start converting the black homes to green district heating.
However, strong demand for district heating should give rise to new pool funds soon, it sounds.
The Danish Energy Agency has just published the formal requirements that the district heating companies must live up to in order to receive a share of the subsidy funds decided with the climate agreement from 22 June 2020. These are pool funds that must ensure that homeowners with oil or natural gas boilers can switch to green district heating.
– It is extremely positive that there has now been clarification of the subsidy that will ensure the phasing out of black energy in residential heating and switch to green district heating. District heating companies all over the country are tripping up to get started with the spread of green district heating, so it is good, green news to start the year on, says Nicolai Kipp, chief consultant at Dansk Fjernvarme.
Great demand for green district heating
Several studies have indicated that at least 200,000 homes out of a total of almost 500,000 homes that are heated individually with fossil energy can with advantage switch to district heating. Dansk Fjernvarme estimates that the potential is far greater.
– There should be no doubt that we would have liked to have seen a larger pool of funds. Our members have healthy and ready-to-run projects all over the country, where they have only been waiting for the pools to be clarified. We can already see that the pool funds are not enough for them all to get started, so we look forward to the politicians resuming negotiations on new funds soon, so that we can ensure green heat for everyone in the country, it provides from Nicolai Kipp.
Small heat pumps need to go out into the countryside
At the same time, the trade association sends a clear appeal to the politicians at Christiansborg and the authorities to target the pool funds to a greater extent. Everything else will be inappropriate and make the green transition more expensive than necessary.
– We need many more small, individual heat pumps. But they should not be spread at any cost, as they entail a number of large investments in the electricity grid, just as they can make healthy district heating project unprofitable in areas with collective heat. On the other hand, we need district heating, because it can to a much greater extent utilize the energy from solar and wind in the electricity system when the energy is there, because unfortunately the heat demand does not adjust to whether it is windy or the sun is shining, says Nicolai Kipp, who continues:
Therefore, subsidies for small heat pumps must be targeted at the many oil-fired boilers in rural areas, while subsidies for district heating must be targeted at the places that currently have natural gas. This is how we get the most green value for money, while ensuring an integrated energy system, where we utilize the forces of the various technologies, while at the same time continuing to make energy efficient.
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