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Bucharest’s new district heating strategy to encourage market opening for private investments

9 May 2022
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Bogdan Tudorache

Bucharest City Hall will change Bucharest’s district heating strategy, and Thursday’s discussions on the new strategy, which mainly means opening the thermal market to producers and private suppliers, were attended by Nicusor Dan, the mayor of the capital, representatives of electricity producers, energy and gas distribution system operators, energy efficiency experts, representatives of owners’ associations and political representatives, announced the MP Claudiu Năsui.

As a result of the new strategy, Bucharest will allow its inhabitants to benefit from new possibilities to produce heat for their homes. A first step in this direction is that Termoenergetica is no longer the only supplier of thermal agent in Bucharest.

“During the meeting, we announced that the Bucharest City Hall will support private initiatives in the district heating sector of Bucharest and will help as much as possible to facilitate them. We need new investments that will bring hot water to the areas of Bucharest that have frequent damages or that are poorly served by the current system,” said Nicușor Dan, the general mayor of the Capital.

“Bucharest residents need new heating solutions. We need to support the current system, inherited from the communist era, by diversifying the sources of production, distribution and supply of thermal energy. We need to look at good practices in other European capitals and allow private investment in district heating. We do not give up the centralized system, but it must allow complementarity with other solutions adapted to the needs of Bucharest, such as block, neighborhood power plants or new hot water production capacity from renewable sources, heat pumps or geothermal energy,”added the USR deputy Cristina Prună.

“The people of Bucharest must no longer be prisoners in a system that provides them with neither heat nor hot water. The state monopoly has never led to good or competitive solutions. If we really want to have heat in our homes, we need to open up the market so that people have alternatives. We need to encourage investment in power plants, such as neighborhood power plants, and new heat sources. The only way in which the people of Bucharest will not be condemned to stay in the cold is if they have alternatives,” said, in his turn, the USR deputy Claudiu Năsui.

At the same time, the mayor of the Capital, Nicușor Dan, said that there is a sustained effort on the part of the mayor’s office to rehabilitate as many kilometers of Termoenergetica pipes as possible. In total, Bucharest’s primary district heating network covers 954 km of pipeline, of which 771 km require refurbishment.

Autor: Bogdan Tudorache

Active in the economic and business press for the past 26 years, Bogdan graduated Law and then attended intensive courses in Economics and Business English. He went up to the position of editor-in-chief since 2006 and has provided management and editorial policy for numerous economic publications dedicated especially to the community of foreign investors in Romania. From 2003 to 2013 he was active mainly in the financial-banking sector. He started freelancing for Energynomics in 2013, notable for his advanced knowledge of markets, business communities and a mature editorial style, both in Romanian and English.

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