In December 2018, two Tartu Regional Energy Agency (TREA) employees met
with five community members of Mõisamaa village of a Väike Jalajälg, which
translates to “small footprint” community. Mõisamaa village is a RENCOP
community and is one of ten taking part in the mentorship program within
Estonia. The community is home to 20 people, and they are currently exploring
alternative forms for the community’s future energy production and consumption.
It is for this reason that TREA visited them. This informal meeting was a way
for community members to establish initial contact and trust and for the TREA
employees, and for the TREA employees to gather a preliminary understanding of
the community’s day-to-day activities.
Currently all buildings in Mõisamaa are locally heated by boilers and
regular wood logs stoves totalling 28 stoves, with electricity being provided
by the public grid. The community’s vision is to replace oil boilers with more
sustainable solutions, varying from building renovations, to PV stations, to
bio-gas. TREA will be working with the community to develop the best solutions
to satisfy their energy needs.
Mõisamaa’s main motivations and drivers for a community energy project is to reduce their energy costs and to become independent from energy imports and the public grid. As per the discussions, the community can also envision selling their sustainably generated energy to close neighbours, however this is not their primary goal.
A follow up meeting will take place in mid December for TREA to gather
energy consumption data on the eco-village. The meeting will be with both
citizens and farmers, along with any other interested and potential buyers.
More information regarding the small footprint community can be found at http://vaikejalajalg.ee/en/
During March @energikontorSO
together with municipalities in Southeast Sweden will arrange a Solar
energy tour. Inspirational seminars and guidance for citizens,
cooperatives, and property owners will be part of the tour @co2mmunity
Aalto University, the Co2mmunity partner implementing the RENCOP in Helsinki, has developed a comprehensive overview on renewable heating within district heating in Helsinki. A short article on the homepage of Aalto University also provides some key points. One main component proposed is to use wind energy to power large heat pumps. Already since 2006 the biggest heat pump in the world produces 100 MW of heat under the Katri Vala Park in Helsinki. And only 10 such heat pumps could power the whole district heating system of Helsinki.
Generally speaking, it is not very efficient to use electricity for heating, as for example electric space heaters do. Especially when using electricity generated from fossil fuel the combined efficiency can be well below 30% of the original fuel source. Heat pumps however leverage the energy by taking advantage of existing temperature differentials in the environment. Therefore heat pumps can provide a multiple of the electricity invested in the form of heat and boost overall efficiency. The discussion paper by Aalto University proposes to use the heat pumps in an integrated system with wind energy, CHP plants and heat storage to provide both heat and electricity when they are needed. Surely, this would be a great step towards an integrated energy system.
A major pillar of EU climate policy has always been the transition to renewable energy. With the proposed recast of the ‘Directive on the promotion of renewable energy sources’ energy communities have come into focus for renewable energy deployment due to their numerous benefits. Energy communities, as far as they are legal entities, are to be supported so that they can compete with larger actors. Also energy self-consumption up to 30 kW of generation capacity is protected by the directive.
The text will now go back to the council for its final adoption. After being adopted there, it goes into force automatically as foreseen in the ‘Ordinary Legislative Procedure’ of the EU. This comes as part of the EU Winterpackage of 2016 that set the new climate protection goals of the EU. In June, the commission, council and parliament had already reached agreement on renewable energy, which has not been achieved in the area of energy efficiency.
Information about renewable electricity for apartment owner associations
Energikontor Sydost works for increased production of renewable electricity. We therefore invite you to a meeting where the apartment owner association Taube 31 in Karlskrona tells about the experiences of its new solar cell system from the first ideas to the results after a few months of operation. We will also listen to a representative from the Affärsverken on their role in such projects.
Find the info in Swedish here.
The 30th of October the first meeting out of four, about alternatives to oil furnaces was held in the village Brenderup, in Middelfart Municipality. The other three meetings are planned in Fredericia (31st of October), Kolding (5th of November) and Vejen (6th of November) Municipalities. Some of these municipality’s are associated partners in co2mmunity, and the collaboration is a witness of spreading, and sharing, experiences with Community Energy projects.
The goal of this campaign is to support citizens to change from a fossil fuel based heating solution to a heat pump, and by purchasing heat pumps collectively to reduce the investment cost.
The topics of the meeting in Brenderup were: Alternatives to oil furnaces, common purchase of heat pumps, energy renovations and heat pumps on subscription. The whole evening, experts were present and ready to answer any questions, the citizens might have.
For more information contact:
Morten Mejsen Westergaard (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Mareike Johannsen (Mareike.email@example.com)