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Broad stakeholder involvement in DH masterplan

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District Heating Masterplan involving many stakeholders: Broad stakeholder involvement in district heating masterplan for Lolland municipality

NIRAS has prepared a master heating plan for the municipality of Lolland, which is located on an island in the southern part of Denmark. By involving the district heating utilities in the municipality, the basis for the master heating plan that describes the energy situation up to 2020 was formed.

The master heating plan sets the framework for the projected energy consumption and demand of the municipality towards 2020. It describes both the current situation of the municipality and the challenges that heating utilities are facing today, as well as projected scenarios for the future. The so-called “oil villages”, houses and buildings that are not connected to the district heating system and are still using oil as combustible, are one of the biggest challenges on the island.

To ensure a high quality master heating plan, NIRAS strived for a broad involvement of all the stakeholders, which all got to influence the design, development and results of the plan. The plan is based on the Danish national energy policy objectives, but also incorporates the municipality’s own climate strategy.

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The main focus of the master plan was the mapping of the current consumption and demand in the municipality. At a secondary level, the plan also focuses on the separate heating plants and the associated areas they are to supply. The plan furthermore addressed the “oil villages” by mapping areas and buildings not connected to the district heating network. The heating consumers in these areas would typically have individual oil burners. The municipality was keen on stopping this practice, since oil burners are sources of pollution with negative impact on the municipality’s climate accounts.

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