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District Heating Tariffs, Economic Optimisation and Local Strategies during Radical Technological Change

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Department of Planning, Aalborg University, Rendsburggade 14, 9000 Aalborg, Denmark
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Department of Planning, Aalborg University, AC Meyers Vænge 15, 2450 Copenhagen, Denmark
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Energies 2020, 13(5), 1172; https://doi.org/10.3390/en13051172
Received: 15 January 2020 / Revised: 14 February 2020 / Accepted: 25 February 2020 / Published: 4 March 2020
This paper addresses economic aspects of heat savings in the context of strategic heat planning. The analysis uses the city of Aalborg, Denmark, as a case where municipalisation through a recent acquisition of a coal-fired cogeneration of heat and power (CHP) plant has made an update of a municipal strategic energy plan necessary. Combining datasets on buildings and insulation techniques with economic methods, we investigate how the local district heating tariff can be adapted to improve the conditions for heat savings and support the transition to lower supply temperatures in line with the requirements of future fourth generation district heating systems. The paper concludes that implementing a fully variable heat tariff scheme improves the financial incentive for heat savings, while also making the system development less vulnerable to fluctuations and shortages in capital markets. The paper supplements existing literature on heat savings with novelty in its approach and in its systematic investigation of the interplay between tariff policies and interest rates. View Full-Text
Keywords: district heating; heat savings; strategic heat planning; economic optimisation; renewable energy district heating; heat savings; strategic heat planning; economic optimisation; renewable energy
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Djørup, S.; Sperling, K.; Nielsen, S.; Østergaard, P.A.; Zinck Thellufsen, J.; Sorknæs, P.; Lund, H.; Drysdale, D. District Heating Tariffs, Economic Optimisation and Local Strategies during Radical Technological Change. Energies 2020, 13, 1172. https://doi.org/10.3390/en13051172

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Djørup S, Sperling K, Nielsen S, Østergaard PA, Zinck Thellufsen J, Sorknæs P, Lund H, Drysdale D. District Heating Tariffs, Economic Optimisation and Local Strategies during Radical Technological Change. Energies. 2020; 13(5):1172. https://doi.org/10.3390/en13051172

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Djørup, Søren, Karl Sperling, Steffen Nielsen, Poul A. Østergaard, Jakob Zinck Thellufsen, Peter Sorknæs, Henrik Lund, and David Drysdale. 2020. "District Heating Tariffs, Economic Optimisation and Local Strategies during Radical Technological Change" Energies 13, no. 5: 1172. https://doi.org/10.3390/en13051172

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