TAKING THE INITIATIVE IN HEAT TRANSITION The Dutch municipality that’s making heat for the public good.
By Theo Venema, WarmteStad and Marco Attema, municipality of Groningen
In 2014 in the north of the Netherlands, the Groningen municipality joined forces with the Groningen Water Company to give the city a publicly owned district heat grid company with the public’s interests at heart. Striving to make the city CO2 neutral by 2035, the company draws on different sources and applies various techniques to ensure affordable security of supply for its customers. It’s a partnership that sets an example for other municipalities and energy companies in the Netherlands – and maybe further afield.
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