The Utilitas Energy Group produced 400,000 MWh of green energy in the first quarter
In the first quarter of 2019, Utilitas produced 841,000 MWh of heat and electricity, of which 400,000 MWh is green energy.
In the first quarter, the clients of Utilitas consumed 821,500 MWh of heat, which is a decline compared to the same period of last year. The reduced thermal energy consumption in the first quarter can be attributed to warmer-than-average February and March – the average temperature of both months was above zero. The average temperature of February was +0.2 °C, which greatly exceeds the many-year average of –4.5 °C. The average air temperature of March, +1.1 °C, was 2.2 degrees higher than the many-year average.
Utilitas will invest approximately 40 million euros in 2019 to ensure efficient energy production and environmental sustainability, which includes the maintenance and construction of thermal networks. The renovation of the Mustamäe production complex that began last year has just reached a significant milestone – the installation of a turbine and a generator into the cogeneration plant which will begin operating this fall. The cogeneration of heat and electricity as well as using renewable fuels in district heating enables to significantly reduce the emission of greenhouse gases and stop climate change.
‘In addition to heat and energy that we constantly need in the Nordic climate, there is also an increasing demand for cooling. Today, many individual cooling systems of homes, offices, and production premises are operating on refrigerants, which are intense greenhouse gases, whereas a central and efficient district cooling would be a modern and an environmentally sustainable solution,’ said Priit Koit, the CEO of the Utilitas Group. He added that district cooling, which is already widely used in the Nordic countries, is a smart solution for sustaining the internal climate of buildings in an urban region and Utilitas is actively working on introducing this service at the local market.
Reducing the level of greenhouse gas emissions and establishing a widespread use of renewable fuels is an important objective of Utilitas: with this, the Group also contributes to the goal set in the Estonian Energy Development Plan until 2030 which foresees that, in ten years, 80 per cent of heat consumed in Estonia should be generated from renewable energy sources. In the three months of this year alone, Utilitas has restricted CO2 emissions by 170,000 tonnes by using local woodchips and cogeneration. This is the amount of carbon dioxide that would be produced if the same amount of energy were generated from gas and oil shale.
Photo: the installation of the turbine and the generator at the Utilitas cogeneration plant in Mustamäe.