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Heat supply at a crossroads

2017年5月17日

The heat supply of the future is renewable and decentralized. We analyze what this means for utilities in our publication "Wärmewende in Sicht".

Over the past 15 years, renewable energies have revolutionized the electricity market. New technologies have significantly reduced the cost of wind and solar energy production. Furthermore, digitalization is driving development towards a self-optimizing smart grid, which will bring with it new and innovative customer solutions.

Four trends will propel advancement in the heat sector. These trends influence and intensify one another:

  1. Decarbonization is the prerequisite for achieving emission targets. To this end, the German Federal Government will continue providing regulatory support for the expansion of renewable energies.
  2. Digitalization and new technologies will enable the implementation of decarbonization.
  3. The decentralization of heat supply results primarily from the further expansion of renewable energies and their decentralized nature.
  4. Convergence of the sectors will not only take place through sectorial cooperation (electricity, heat, industry and transport), as brought about by the national climate protection plan 2050 - but is driven mainly by new technologies.

For companies in the heat market, it is important to take the right course, as the level and structure of the electricity prices will change with the conversion of the energy system. Heat suppliers should formulate a strategy tailored to their local situation. This publication raises the most important questions and identifies the best courses for action.

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Heat supply at a crossroads

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The heat supply of the future is renewable and decentralized. We analyze what this means for utilities in our publication "Wärmewende in Sicht".

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高级合伙人, Managing Director Central Europe
Frankfurt Office, Central Europe
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