Distributed Energy

WITH Oulun Energia Oy
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Distributed Energy

WITH Oulun Energia Oy

District heating is one of the best heating solutions in Finland. At Oulun Energia we want to be ready for the upcoming changes in the district heating ecosystem. How might we utilize and prepare for the distributed heat production ecosystem?

Future Insights & Markets

Background

Oulun Energia, which was founded in 1889, is one of the oldest energy companies in Finland and we want to have our fingers on the pulse of customer needs in a rapidly changing society.

The district heating system can gather energy from multiple sources: it can be generated solely for district heating purposes in power plants or as the by-product of other industrial production. So basically district heating is circular economy at its best!

Challenge

Oulun Energia is producing and distributing district heating in vast area in Oulu region. District heating is safe, reliable and usually cost-efficient solution to keep your home warm and cozy. We are interested in looking at three different scenarios related to the future of district heating and what kind of opportunities or threats those are presenting to Oulun Energia.

1. What if, in the future, most of the district heating energy is gathered and bought as the by-product of other activities? What if there would be a way to recycle “green energy” by buying and selling it as a regular consumer? How would this affect consumers’ choices and the service in general?

2. What if the localized energy production and heating solutions keep growing in the future? How might that change the way consumers make decisions about their energy and heating solutions? What could be Oulun Energia’s new role in the transformed heating and energy ecosystem?

3. In the future, our energy ecosystem could consist of hundreds, even thousands of small energy producers. How might we utilize and manage the energy production ecosystem? What opportunities there might be for gathering and analyzing the data we get?

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