Locally produced district heating increasingly from Finnish fuels

Elenia Heat produces district heating and electricity and sells and distributes district heating and natural gas in more than ten municipalities in Häme, Central Finland, Northern Ostrobothnia and Heinola.

Elenia Heat has nearly 5,000 customer contracts and around 85,000 end users. In 2013, its total sales amounted to 1.1 TWh, and its revenue was EUR 73 million. At the end of the year, the company had 90 employees. Finland has around 200 district heating companies, most of which are owned by municipalities. Elenia Heat is the second-largest private seller of district heating in Finland.

In terms of volumes, its largest customers include municipalities and housing companies as well as state, commercial and industrial properties.

A producer of environmentally friendly heating

Centrally produced district heating enables the company to use energy-efficient and low-emission production technology. The combined production of electricity and heat saves energy, decreases costs and reduces environmental effects.

The production of district heating in Finland is still largely based on imported fossil fuels. The national average share of fossil fuel used for district heating is over 50%, with renewable fuels having a share of approximately 29%.

The share of renewable wood-based fuels in Elenia’s district heating production was 64% in 2013, and the company aims to increase this share further. This will allow the company to lower the average carbon dioxide emissions per unit of the energy produced.

Investments to improve energy efficiency

Key areas of development include improving the energy efficiency of production. In 2013, the company made a significant investment in the efficiency of the Lammi heating plant. It acquired a flue gas scrubber, which also reduces fuel consumption. In 2014, the company will make a similar investment in the Toijala plant. In addition, its new bio boiler plant in Turenki, Janakkala will be completed in 2014. The plant will use wood and peat as fuel.