Energy production of the Utilitas energy group up by 12 per cent in the first quarter
In the first quarter of 2018, Utilitas produced 796,000 MWh of heat and electricity. This is 12 per cent more than in the first three months of 2017.
In the first three months of this year, Utilitas’ customers consumed 894,000 MWh of thermal energy, which is 13 per cent more than during the same period last year. This increase in consumption was caused by temperatures 2 degrees lower than the norm in February and March. Higher consumption was particularly noticeable in the third ten-day period of February, when the mean temperature in Estonia was –13.32 °C (norm: –4.1 °C). At the same time, the mean temperature in January was –1.5C, which is 2 degrees above the norm. Combining heat and electricity production and using renewable fuels in district heating systems allows for a notable decrease in greenhouse gas emissions and helps to slow global warming. In the first three months of 2018, thanks to implementing combined production and using renewable fuels, Utilitas has prevented 137,000 tonnes of CO2 emissions.
Utilitas’ investment plan for 2018 is focused on increasing efficiency and making production more environmentally friendly. This includes the renovation and construction of district heating networks. Over 50 million euros will be invested in 2018. ‘The bulk of our investments will be spent on the reconstruction of the Mustamäe production facility in Tallinn, as part of which the current heating plant will be renovated and a combined heat and power plant, which will use renewable fuels, will be constructed,’ said Priit Koit, CEO of the Utilitas group. ‘Combined production based on renewable fuels is the most efficient way to produce heat and electricity. This ensures the maximum use of primary energy and reduces emissions. The electric capacity of the new combined heat and power block is 10 MW and the thermal capacity is 47 MW,’ Koit added. Utilitas is focused on providing an environmentally friendly energy supply and finding innovative solutions in the field of energy.
This year, a flue gas condenser will be installed on two heating plants in Tallinn and Jõgeva. This device has already been installed in Utilitas’ heating plants in Valga, Keila, Haapsalu, and Rapla, as well as in the combined heat and power plants in Väo on the outskirts of Tallinn. This technology is used to cool the flue gas in the chimney and direct the extracted heat into the district heating network. This upgrade will increase the share of renewable fuels and decrease CO2 emissions. Over 19 kilometres of heating pipes will also be constructed across Estonia to increase the reliability and efficiency of the energy supply. This year’s largest works are the reconstruction of the heating pipeline on Gonsiori Street in Tallinn and the renovation of the district heating network in Maardu.