Utilitas increased the production of green energy by nearly 10% in 2018
In the last year, Utilitas generated 1,730,000 MWh of thermal energy and 305,000 MWh of electricity, an increase of respectively 3% and 25% compared to 2017. Green energy comprised 1,190,000 MWh of the named capacity, which is an increase of nearly 10%. Utilitas group companies invested a total of 45 million euros in 2018.
In the Estonian anniversary year, a record-breaking 103 new buildings joined the Utilitas energy group networks, comprising a total wattage of 45 MW. As of the end of the year, Utilitas had provided district heating to 4,842 buildings, including 170,000 households in eight towns across Estonia.
All Utilitas district heating regions use woodchip from forestry and wood industry waste as primary fuel, while over half of all Tallinn district heating demands are satisfied by heat produced in cogeneration plants. Applying cogeneration and renewable energy in district heating helps to decrease the emission of greenhouse gases and prevent climate warming. In 2018, Utilitas generated 1,190,000 MWh of energy from renewable fuels and 1,070,000 MWh of energy in cogeneration plants. By applying renewable fuels and cogeneration, Utilitas confined the emission of carbon dioxide by 550,000 tonnes compared to if the same amount of energy was produced from gas and oil shale. ‘Restricting the CO2 footprint in energy consumption is very important in district heating – a building that consumes heat produced from renewable sources contributes to climate-friendly energy generation and helps to decrease CO2 emissions in the atmosphere,’ explained Priit Koit, head of the Utilitas group. ‘Such heating solution for a home or office is efficient and meets environmental requirements today as well as in decades to come,’ he added.
In 2018, companies of the group invested a total of 45 million euros. Investments were mainly targeted at the reconstruction of the Mustamäe production complex in Tallinn. Utilitas also renovated or established nearly 15 kilometres of heat pipes all over Estonia, comprising 13 million euros worth of investments. The most extensive works were replacing the major pipelines in Valga and Rapla as well as Gonsiori street in Tallinn with pre-insulated pipes, and the modernisation of Maardu heating network. In 2018, Utilitas established the Väo energy complex in Tallinn, including the group’s first solar energy park, which has a total wattage of 950 kW.
Utilitas is Estonia’s leading energy group, whose principal activities are the generation of thermal energy and electricity and the provision of district heating services. The aims of Utilitas are clean and efficient generation of heat and electricity and the promotion of economical energy consumption. All district heating systems of Utilitas have been awarded with the Efficient District Heating label. Utilitas operates in eight cities all over Estonia: Tallinn, Maardu, Keila, Rapla, Haapsalu, Kärdla, Jõgeva, and Valga, and employs 258 people.
Utilitas combined heat and power stations in Väo, Tallinn.