The heat bill will be cheaper and Denmark will become greener. This will be the outcome after the Tax Appeals Agency decided on a case of taxes on surplus heat.
Director of the Danish District Heating Association Kim Mortensen calls the decision a breakthrough for the Danish companies. “Today you cool down the surplus heat and throw it away. With this decision we can use the surplus heat to throw it into the district heating system for heating homes”, he says.
Agreement with Fjernvarme Funen
The decision of the Tax Appeals Agency makes it possible for Facebook to grow greener and give away the heat for free, so that district heating companies need fewer fossil fuels, and the Danes’ heat bills will be cheaper.
In fact, when the data center in Tietgenbyen in Odense is completed by 2020, Facebook can send thousands of megawatt hours of heat into the district heating network.
The agreement with District Heating Funen means that 6900 households can be heated with Facebook heating.
The decision of the Tax Appeals Agency means that companies that supply surplus heat for district heating will not have to pay tax of the heat.
However, electricity tax is still due, and district heating companies must also invest in new plants that can utilize the heat and send it to the heating network.
Source: Energy Supply