WHAT IS ENERGY PLANNING?
There are different energy systems in Latvia and Europe, but their efficient operation depends directly on the development of sustainable energy systems using renewable energy resources.
Such an approach requires huge investment, but if we consider that planning for the development of energy systems is long-term planning and that the lifetime of most investments in the energy sector is decades old, Ekodoma can demonstrate the economic validity of investments with a detailed energy plan.
Energy planning can be considered as an opportunity analysis, which includes the choice of the most appropriate engineering solutions today, tomorrow and in the future, as well as questions about the economic rationale of the technologies selected, looking at possible sources to be financed, but also analysing savings and projects' internal profits. Energy planning should also include estimates that justify a minimal environmental impact in the event of proposals being made available.
WHY SHOULD ENERGY PLANNING BE CARRIED OUT?
The planning of the energy system can address existing energy supply challenges and forecast potential that may arise in the future:
- Security of energy supply: looking at the current situation and forecasting a future situation that allows you to identify existing and forecast future potential customers. Thus, it is possible to choose the right design and performance parameters of the energy system and to prevent the efficient functioning of the energy supply system (downtime, purchase of spare fuels, use of inefficient energy sources, etc.).
- Availability of energy resources – deals with the use of energy resources (whether the fuel is local, whether it is environmentally friendly, economically viable, etc.)
- The cost-effectiveness of the project – economic and socio-economic analysis by introducing, rebuilding or reconstructing the energy system – helps to analyse and understand the cost of the project.
- Air quality and emissions: An environmental analysis is carried out in the framework of the energy plan, enabling an understanding of the impact of a technological solution on the environment and the introduction of more environmentally friendly solutions.
- Sustainable development - At a time when the EU and Latvia are setting increasingly ambitious targets for renewable energy resources, energy saving is an important instrument for achieving the objectives set to reduce energy dependency and climate change.
- Prices and tariffs — Energy switching makes it possible to avoid potential rapid increases in energy tariffs or the introduction of economically unjustified engineering solutions.
- In today's economic circumstances, more and more companies are forced to think about how to reduce energy costs and ensure their existence.
- It is important for each municipality to set up and regularly update the energy supply, distribution and use plan in order to address important issues related to energy supply.
WHAT IS THE ENERGY PLANNING ANALYSIS PROCESS?
In order to carry out the planning of energy systems as accurately as possible, Ekodoma organizes it at 3 levels:
- At national level;
- At regional level;
- Local at company or building level.
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