It is highly significant how Spain’s energy model for generating and distributing heating and DHW to residential blocks over past decades, that represent the majority in Spain, has tended towards an individualised system of “one boiler for every home”. Its application has prevailed thanks to the convenience of the piped distribution of gaseous fossil fuels (despite its risks) and by a legislation that has been lax in controlling the squandering of energy and also, make no mistake, due to individualistic consumer behaviour as part of this necessary collective process. The clear winners of this model are neither energy efficiency nor the consumers.
The economic crisis that has exponentially increased the number of homes in “energy poverty”, the concern for be pollution in the cities and the commitment to the climate (that translates into less energy cost per capita to contaminate less and to reduce CO2 emissions), are elements that are making every group of citizens think again to modify the current energy model insofar as this is possible.
One possible way to resolve these issues is to promote district heating and cooling networks. This infrastructure is no more than a centralised heating and cooling system such as that of any association of property owners, but on a large scale, channelled through the streets to reach every home. Read more…
Juan Jesús Ramos
Technician, AVEBIOM Head of the ONCB, the Spanish National Observatory on Biomass Boilers
Article published in: FuturENERGY June 2015