Renewable energyMunicipalities and joint municipal authorities produce and procure considerable amounts of electrical and heating energy every year. Following the deregulation of the electricity market, the status of municipalities as a local energy producer has changed. Nowadays municipalities can function as either energy producers or buyers, or as both.
Renewable energy into useEnergy produced from renewable energy sources promotes the realisation of sustainable development in municipalities. Alongside reduced emissions, the use of renewable energy sources increases local well-being. Entrepreneurship in the heating sector based on the procurement of local biofuels, for example, strengthens local business life by creating new jobs in the area.
Many municipalities own buildings, such as schools, in sparsely populated areas that are not covered by the district heating network or in which outdated oil heating equipment should be replaced. A shift to the use of renewable energy sources could be made in the heating production of buildings of this kind, for instance.
A municipality’s or city’s possibilities to produce and use renewable energy can be investigated with a municipality’s renewable energy audit.