30 Jun 2020

Structured for success: Governance models and strategic decision making processes for deploying thermal grids

This project has been independently funded by the International Energy Agency Implementing Agreement on District Heating and Cooling including Combined Heat and Power (IEA DHC). There is a significant body of work showcasing the accomplishments of DE systems and their success in meeting a range of objectives.

This report is structured as a guide to help practitioners, policymakers, customers and communities explore more deeply the factors underlying the success of these systems. It highlights what approaches, best practices and strategies lead to the progression of projects from concept to delivery and sustain them through their productive long lifecycles. The stories of Sangam, South Korea; Aberdeen, Birmingham and Wick in the UK; Aarhus, Denmark; Paris, France; Rotterdam in the Netherlands; the Pionen data center in Stockholm, Sweden; Toronto and Vancouver in Canada; and Phoenix and the University of Oklahoma in the USA represent diverse approaches for moving a system from concept to operation and along the way, using creative rate structures and financing mechanisms to sustain mature systems.

Publication date: 2017-04-05

Authors: Laxmi Rao, Anna Chittum, Michael King, Taeyoon Yoon (IEA-DHC, Annex XI)

Keywords: district energy, finance, governance, business models, stakeholder engagement, ebabling policies