Cutting heating bills in rural areas

Date: 28 November 2014

A number of heating consumers in rural areas of Denmark may be able to save thousands of kroner in heating bills.

This is part of a new government proposal to allow a further 50 so-called ‘open field’ heating plants an optional choice of fuel. Open field plants are typically located in more isolated rural areas where there is no established collective heating supply.

Currently all open field plants are obliged to use natural gas.

Calculations by the Danish District Heating Association in September showed that the price of district heating was reduced by an average of DKK 6,744 after the 2012 energy agreement made it possible for the first 55 open field plants to use biomass instead of the more expensive natural gas.

Politicians have previously agreed that some heating consumers were paying too much for their heating but were tied to their houses because they were unable to sell them.

“Now we have given a further 50 open field plants the option of choosing fuel, which has previously resulted in significantly lower heating bills in some rural areas. This proves that some people have been paying an unreasonably high price for their heating,” said Jens Joel, spokesman on climate and energy for the Social Democrats.

Savings of up to DKK 5,000 a year
DR News asked the Danish District Heating Association for an estimate of potential savings on heating bills. The DDHA estimates that consumers of the 50 open field plants may be able to save up to DKK 5,000 a year, although this would be dependent on the current price level and technology.

Source: DR (Danish National Broadcasting)