Two regional pilot cases will be implemented in the Swedish region Blekinge in the framework of the BEA- APP project. The photo is connected to the district heating case (Photo: Alfa Laval).
In 2013 Blekinge adopted an ambitious climate and energy strategy, which extends between the years 2013-2016 and the outlook towards 2020. In 2010 62% of all energy in the county was supplied from renewable sources. By 2020, 80% of energy supply should come from RES and greenhouse gases reduced by 50% compared to 1990. Energy consumption will be reduced by 20% using 1990 as the base year.
Offshore wind case
In a place called “Taggen” just off the coast of Blekinge, there are plans to establish an offshore wind farm. This will influence local society, business and the labour market, and could also impact on the local and regional planning.
In this pilot, The Energy Agency for Southeast Sweden will conduct a preparatory study to identify how the construction of offshore windfarms will influence the municipalities and labour market in the region Blekinge. It will also find out whether the effects of “Taggen” can be of a scale that needs to be included in the local and regional planning. The research will also consider more general effects on spatial planning criteria and instruments that steer sustainable growth of renewable energy in the area. The study will be conducted in cooperation with Region Blekinge, Blekinge Climate Cooperation and the County Administrative Board of Blekinge.
The pilot will be implemented as follows:
- Drafting terms of references, information gathering, and stakeholder consultations on the offshore wind power case in “Taggen”.
- Dialogue meetings with stakeholders including getting feedback from them. Ongoing dialogue. (Specify what should be included in the study, February 2017)
- Regional activity and exchange with project partners (April 2017) to include general and relevant effects on spatial planning criteria and instruments that steer the sustainable growth of RE in the region
- A part of the preparatory study; rapport before May 2017 to Sölvesborg municipality (in Swedish
- A preparatory study; inclusive the delivered part to Sölvesborg municipality. The preparatory study is done in order to identify what the planned activities imply for the local and regional planning in different areas e.g. land use, transports, public services, and labor market. The study will be carried out by the Energy Agency for Southeast Sweden (2017).
- Presentation of study (2018). The Energy Agency for Southeast Sweden will invite stakeholders to an occasion where it will present the report.
This study can be used as a municipal follow-up, at a future establishment of an offshore wind farm at the Taggen. Thus, the study contributes to knowledge about how large the impact will be and if the establishment will be part of a local or regional planning. The methods used, can, if desired, be spread and be reused in future development towards renewable energy. The Energy Agency for Southeast Sweden can disseminate result such as lesson learned to other regions, and municipalities.
District heating case
Located at the Ronneby River between the Baltic coast and European road E22, the municipality of Ronneby can be traced back to around 700 CE. The specific area around Alfa Laval (source of residual heat) is an industrial area. The neighbouring district heating company is situated relatively close to the city center, the railway station and Brunnsparken.
A study of industrial surplus energy indicates that the company Alfa Laval has significant surplus energy that could potentially be utilized in the district heating system. So far, it has not been possible to connect the waterborne waste heat to the district heating network. The plan is to connect the district heating to the large district heating network. Experts in the BEA-APP project will further research this possibility and write a feasibility study. The industry is located close to a planned new residential area. The feasibility study will outline different technical and spatial planning alternatives for the surplus energy to be utilized for district heating in an optimal way, and determine whether there is a potential to use the waste heat for the new residential area
The pilot will be implemented as follows:
- Drafting terms of references, information gathering, and stakeholder consultations on the DH- company, Alfa Laval and to the municipality Housing, Kilen.
- Dialogue meetings with stakeholders, university and getting feedback from stakeholders, incl. technical solutions
- Find external expertise (Spring 2017)
- Delivery of study (December 2017)
- Presentation of study (December 2017- March 2018)
- Support to initiate measures (continually)
- Reporting and lessons learnt: (Autumn 2018)
The three feasibility studies will investigate bottlenecks and barriers for better spatial planning process and public involvement in all stages of planning DH systems based on locally available renewable energy sources and industrial surplus energy. The studies will also describe the technical and planning pre-requisites, the process will bring together stakeholders and provide lessons learned on how various stakeholders can cooperate in the various stages of this type of planning.