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District heating

Lycksele

Detailed description of the Good Practice

District heating has been produced in Lycksele since the beginning of the 1970s. At that time the majority of customers were found in public housing, industry and the community's businesses. When Skellefteå Kraft began building the municipality's second power plant and assumed operation of Lycksele's power company, active efforts were made to encourage single-family homeowners to connect to the network. When the second biofuel-fired co-generation plant was commissioned in 2000, many household took up on the offer to receive district heating. Moreover, the traffic in the city center was closed off and the pedestrian zone was widened that resulted in traffic circumventing the city center instead of running through it. Measurements now show that air pollution has decreased.

district heating
bio-fuel plant
renewable energy
stakeholders involvement
citizens democracy

Objectives of the Good Practice

to decrease air pollution, to start using more biofuel and to increase sources of renewable energy

Participants of the Good Practice

the City of Lycksele
Skellefteå Kraft

Target group of the Good Practice

citizens of Lycksele

Funding of the Good Practice

the City of Lycksele

More Details of the Good Practice

Today the district heating network has around 1,300 subscribers of which 900 are single-family homes. Both of the plants mainly burn biofuel from logging waste or pulpwood. Negligibly small amounts of fossil fuels are used at start-up or at peak loads. Grants for local investment programmes also facilitated the replacement of 114 out of 250 non-environmentally certified wood boilers with district heating. District heating was the first step, wind power is the next on the way to renewable energy.The proposal on wind power planning has been posted at three locations in the municipality and sent for comment to approximately 50 different organizations which means that the plan can be adopted in autumn 2009 at the earliest.The municipality therefore also commissioned the development of a unique tool in the scope of the planning process - the social impact assessment. It is intended to function as an aid and in a positive dialog between developers and representatives for the region's reindeer husbandry.The environmental impact assessment has been prepared and adapted to the comprehensive plan's objectives and what it allows for the appointed area pursuant to the Planning and Building Act. In association with the review of future development, more detailed, site-specific studies and project impact assessments will be conducted pursuant to the Swedish Environmental Code..
Lycksele is also the first municipality in Sweden to use synthetic diesel (FT diesel) in its vehicle fleet. The vision is to become a municipality with something extra - a municipality free from fossil fuels that doesn't contribute to the emission of greenhouse gases and other air pollution.

Documentation and documents

Local Action on Climate Change - Swedish Experiences. Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions
www.skl.se/klimat
www.theirname.se

Available files

Contact details

Hornsgatan 20, Stockholm, Sweden
SE-118 82 Stockholm

info@skl.se www.skl.se

Data sources and references

Local Action on Climate Change - Swedish Experiences. Swedish Association of Local Authorities and Regions