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Planning For a Sustainable Future: Regional District Heating in Stockholm
Linköping University, The Tema Institute, Technology and Social Change. Linköping University, Faculty of Arts and Sciences. (TEVS)
2010 (English)In: 50th European Congress of the Regional Science Association International, Jönköping, 2010, 2010Conference paper (Refereed)
Abstract [en]

District heating is an old and established energy system in Sweden, accounting for 9 % of the national energy balance. The systems have traditionally been built, planned and managed by the municipalities and over the years the district heating systems in Stockholm have grown into each other and later been interconnected. This have led to that there today are three large systems with eight energy companies and the system can be considered a regional system. The strategy to create a regional system has existed for a long time from regional planning authorities. However, since the municipalities have planning monopoly the regional planning is weak. The overall aim for this study is to analyse the planning and development of an important regional energy system, the district heating system in Stockholm, to understand how the municipal and regional planning have related to each other. The study is conducted through studying municipal and regional plans in Stockholm’s county between 1978 and 2010. The results show that district heating has been considered important all along and that a regional, or rather inter-municipal, perspective has existed throughout the period, although with large differences between different municipalities. Regional strategies for an interconnected system and combined heat and power plants have been realised gradually and district heating have throughout the period been considered important for different environmental reasons.

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URN: urn:nbn:se:liu:diva-64463OAI: diva2:391645
Available from: 2011-01-25 Created: 2011-01-25 Last updated: 2011-02-02

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