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Energy conservation and electricity utilities: a comparative analysis of organizational obstacles to CHP/DH

Rudig, Wolfgang (1986) Energy conservation and electricity utilities: a comparative analysis of organizational obstacles to CHP/DH. Energy Policy, 14. pp. 104-116. ISSN 0301-4215

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Abstract

The author attempts an explanation of the vast differences between the countries of Western Europe in the adoption of combined heat and power (CHP) for district heating (DH). The history of this technology in FR Germany and the UK is analysed in detail, and experiences of other countries are reviewed. The author concludes that the overcentralization of the electricity supply industry is a major obstacle in the widespread adoption of combined heat and power and district heating. Significant improvements of energy efficiency would thus require organizational reforms giving greater powers to local energy organizations. This, however, should not imply total decentralization of energy supply. Instead, a two-tier system is proposed in which central organizations remain responsible for bulk supply but where local or regional bodies are in charge of all gas, electricity and heat supplies to the final user.

Item type: Article
ID code: 29217
Keywords: combined heat and power, district heating, electricity supply, Political Science, Energy(all), Management, Monitoring, Policy and Law
Subjects: Political Science
Department: Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences (HaSS) > School of Government and Public Policy > Politics
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    Date Deposited: 08 Mar 2011 12:19
    Last modified: 05 Sep 2014 07:43
    URI: http://strathprints.strath.ac.uk/id/eprint/29217

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