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Free Connection to Encourage More People to Join District Heating

by Linda Bertelsen
In Odsherred Municipality, photo by Eryk Piotr Munk

Odsherred Forsyning offers customers free connection because everyone who wants district heating should be able to afford to connect.

Making it easy and straightforward for residents in Asnæs to access district heating is a priority for Fanny Villadsen, CEO of Odsherred Forsyning A/S. Therefore, Odsherred Forsyning offers free connection to district heating. The utility company is currently constructing the Asnæs Heating Plant, scheduled to be completed by the end of 2024.

“Everyone who wants district heating should be able to afford it. We want to include as many people as possible right from the start,” says CEO Fanny Villadsen.

Currently, Odsherred Forsyning is constructing the Asnæs Heating Plant, which will supply district heating to residents in Asnæs. The new heating plant being constructed by Odsherred Forsyning is located on Næsvangsvej in Asnæs, next to the NKT company. The plant will be large enough to provide district heating to all residences within the supply area if they wish to connect.

“There are more people than we anticipated who want to connect. Right now, we have around 1,000 homeowners in Asnæs who have signed up for district heating. That’s close to the city’s full potential,” explains Fanny Villadsen.

The heating plant is expected to be operational by the end of 2024, but the first customers are already being connected to a temporary heating plant located next to the city’s high school. The first district heating customers in Asnæs can already receive heat, as approximately 100 district heating customers will be connected from January to March this year.

More new customers than expected

Odsherred Forsyning A/S is surprised by the number of homeowners and businesses that have already signed up for the upcoming Asnæs Heating Plant.

“There are more people than we anticipated who want to connect. Right now, we have around 1,000 homeowners in Asnæs who have signed up for district heating. That’s close to the city’s full potential,” says Fanny Villadsen.

The CEO of Odsherred Forsyning experiences strong support for the project in the city.

“It’s very positive because we want to include as many people as possible initially when we lay the pipeline network in the city. It will be too expensive to retrofit district heating later,” elaborates Fanny Villadsen.

Construction progressing according to plan

Construction of the Asnæs Heating Plant is progressing according to plan, and it will be one of the utility’s largest heating plants when completed.

“In addition to Asnæs, we are also constructing new heating plants in Hørve and Fårevejle. These are the last gas cities in Odsherred, so we will soon be phasing out natural gas,” explains CEO Fanny Villadsen of Odsherred Forsyning A/S.

This article has been translated from the Danish District Heating Association’s website