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SWK lowers price for district heat

Green district heat even better for the environment
Effective 01 April 2017, SWK Stadtwerke Kaiserslautern Versorgungs-AG will be reducing its prices for district heat for the third time in a row by at least 3.5 percent. The reason: decreasing prices on the natural gas market.

“I am very happy that after reducing prices for our natural gas customers, we can now also offer savings to our district heat customers”, declared Markus Vollmer, member of the Board of Directors of SWK Stadtwerke Kaiserslautern Versorgungs-AG. “The price reduction will be reflected differently in the two tariffs we offer. For a one-family household with an annual consumption of 19,000 kilowatt hours, the savings will amount to about 55 euros, depending on the tariff”, explained the Board member.

In 2015, SWK had already reduced district heat prices by 4.7 percent, and in 2016 by six percent. This means significant savings for the households that are supplied with district heat.

District heat is considered one of the most environmentally friendly ways of heating. SWK generates eco-friendly district heat by using the principle of cogeneration (combined heat and power) at its heating plant in Karcherstrasse. Peak-demand heating plants are available to provide energy reserves.

Thanks to the different generation units and the use of a variety of fuels, SWK offers the greatest possible security of supply.

Cogeneration means that electricity and heat are generated at the same time. This enables optimal exploitation of the fuel, meaning that the use of energy can be reduced by up to two thirds compared to separate generation of electricity and heat. The decreased use of fuels leads to a significant reduction of CO2 emissions.

Now the district heat of SWK, which is already environmentally friendly, is even greener. The greener district heat is characterized by a large proportion of heat generated from renewable energy. This proportion stems from the biomass heating plant of the Zentrale Abfallwirtschaft Kaiserslautern (ZAK), Kaiserslautern’s central waste management authority. In its biomass heating plant, ZAK generates heat by converting biomass into energy. To do so, it uses so-called regenerative energy sources, such as wooden parts from bio waste and wood without harmful contaminants, as well as biogas. ZAK then feeds this heat into the district heat grid of SWK. This gives the district heat of SWK a greatly improved environmental and ecological footprint.

This also has an impact on the primary energy factor, which has dropped from 0.7 to 0.55. Developers, renovators, and the housing industry now additionally benefit from a lower primary energy factor.
The lower the primary energy factor, the less energy is needed for the generation, conversion, and distribution of the energy source. This means that simply using district heat to heat a building already saves energy. The primary energy factor is also taken into account when it comes to determining the energy balance of a building, which determines, among other things, the effort to be spent on energy saving measures, such as the thickness of insulating materials.

By supplying district heat, SWK makes a significant contribution to the implementation of the climate protection goals of the city of Kaiserslautern. People who opt for district heat now will not only reduce their environmental impact, but can also look forward to a considerable incentive bonus.

“In order to make it even easier to choose our eco-friendly district heat, SWK has extended its incentive scheme”, adds Markus Vollmer. People who change their heating system to district heat will receive 1,000 euros and more. The incentive scheme is offered for all buildings without a district heat connection or with an inactive district heat connection located throughout the entire area served by the district heat network of SWK. In order to benefit from this incentive bonus, the facilities must be operational by 31 December 2017. The incentive bonus is paid to whoever invests in the new district heat building connection.

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