Webinar: Linking Heat and Electricity Systems: Co-generation and District Heating and Cooling Solutions for a Clean Energy Future

Date: 22 May 2014

5 June 2014, 4pm CET / 10am EST

The Clean Energy Solutions Center, in partnership with the International Energy Agency (IEA), is offering an upcoming webinar to disseminate the findings of IEA’s new publication, Linking Heat and Electricity Systems: Co-generation and District Heating and Cooling Solutions for a Clean Energy Future. The publication analyses case studies of successful co-generation and district heating and cooling (DHC) systems to identify barriers to further deployment of these efficient systems and to promote practical solutions to address technological, economic and regulatory constraints.

Co-generation technologies and efficient DHC networks offer significant environmental and energy security benefits, and can serve as flexible tools to bridge electrical and thermal energy systems. Yet despite these proven advantages, and successful implementation in some countries, to date, global deployment has been limited. This publication examines some of the reasons behind the slow progress, including local energy market conditions, lack of long-term visibility of energy policy and poor strategic planning for heating and cooling infrastructure.

The report uses three case studies where co-generation has been successfully deployed in industrial applications, and three case studies of efficient DHC systems. These real life examples cover a diverse group of applications, locations, capacities and energy sources. These examples demonstrate the need to put into place market conditions that allow efficient generators of thermal energy and electricity to compete based on their true generation costs and to contribute to efficient, flexible and integrated energy systems.

Based this analysis, the report provides policy recommendations in three major areas:

* Support for cost-effective selection of co-generation and efficient DHC technologies

* Reinforcement of the long-term economic feasibility of co-generation and DHC

* Optimisation of co-generation and DHC within integrated sustainable energy systems

The recommendations are intended to help policymakers better understand the drivers of deployment of co-generation and DHC systems, and to overcome policy and market barriers to increased penetration of these efficient energy options.


* Didier Houssin, Director of Sustainable Energy Policy and Technology, IEA.

* Jorge Javier Mañón Castro, Deputy Director of Benchmark and Indicators, Pemex.

* Per Alex Sørensen, Head of Strategy and Planning, PlanEnergi.

* Araceli Fernandez Pales, Energy Technology Analyst, IEA.

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