Linking Heat and Electricity Systems: Co-generation and District Heating and Cooling Solutions for a Clean Energy Future (Webinar)

5 June 2014

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The Clean Energy Solutions Center, in partnership with the International Energy Agency (IEA), hosted a no-cost webinar on the findings of IEA’s new publication, Linking Heat and Electricity Systems: Co-generation and District Heating and Cooling Solutions for a Clean Energy Future. The publication analyses case studies of successful co-generation and district heating and cooling (DHC) systems to identify barriers to further deployment of these efficient systems and to promote practical solutions to address technological, economic and regulatory constraints.

The report uses three case studies where co generation has been successfully deployed in industrial applications, and three case studies of efficient DHC systems. These real life examples cover a diverse group of applications, locations, capacities and energy sources. These examples demonstrate the need to put into place market conditions that allow efficient generators of thermal energy and electricity to compete based on their true generation costs and to contribute to efficient, flexible and integrated energy systems.

Based this analysis, the report provides policy recommendations in three major areas:

  • Support for cost-effective selection of co-generation and efficient DHC technologies
  • Reinforcement of the long-term economic feasibility of co-generation and DHC
  • Optimisation of co-generation and DHC within integrated sustainable energy systems.

These recommendations are intended to help policymakers better understand the drivers of deployment of co-generation and DHC systems, and to overcome policy and market barriers to increased penetration of these efficient energy options.


Didier HoussinDidier Houssin, Director of Sustainable Energy Policy and Technology at the International Energy Agency

Didier Houssin became Director of Sustainable Energy Policy and Technology at the International Energy Agency on 1 December 2012. Previously, he served for five years as Director of Energy Markets and Security. Before joining the International Energy Agency, Mr. Houssin, a French national, was Managing Director of BRGM, the French Geological Survey where, since 2004, he had extensive management responsibilities over the 850-strong group. Among other matters, he was involved at BRGM in carbon capture and sequestration and in geothermal energy. Prior to joining BRGM, Mr. Houssin was the former Director of Energy and Mineral Resources in the French Ministry of Economy between 1997 and 2004. Mr. Houssin graduated from the Ecole Nationale d’Administration and has a Masters in International Law.

Jorge Javier Mañón Castro Jorge Javier Mañón Castro, Deputy Director of Benchmark and Indicators, Pemex

Jorge Javier Mañón Castro is the Deputy Director of Benchmark and Indicators at Pemex. Mr. Mañón is specialised in natural gas, regulation, electricity and co-generation in Pemex, and he has a Master's degree in Chemical Engineering and an MBA from University of Texas.

Per Alex SørensenPer Alex Sørensen, Head of Strategy and Planning, PlanEnergi

In 1983, Per Alex Sørensen cofounded PlanEnergi, a nonprofit, private foundation specialised in consultancy within renewable energy and energy efficiency. He was secretary for the coordination group for large heat storages under the Danish Energy Agency in the 1990s and project manager for design and implementation of pit heat and borehole storages in Denmark. Sørensenparticipates in the European projects SUNSTORE 4 (FP7), which is about designing and implementing a 100% renewable energy production system in Marstal, DK, and SDHPlus (IEE), which is about disseminating implementation experiences with solar district heating to 15 European countries. Most recently, Per Alex Sørensen has been project manager for a report to the Danish Energy Agency on the status and development strategies for large heat storages and heat pumps for district heating.

Araceli Fernandez Pales Araceli Fernandez Pales, Energy Technology Analyst, IEA

Araceli Fernandez Pales works for the IEA as Energy Technology Analyst in the areas of Heavy Industry and Co-generation. She has a background on Chemical Engineering with experience in the oil and gas sector. Ms. Fernandez previously worked for British Petroleum UK focusing on process and energy optimisation in Refinery Plants. Most recently, she worked for Tecnicas Reunidas in Spain (an engineering and construction company) focusing on energy efficiency upgrade projects for Refinery Plants and specialising in designing thermal/combustion equipment. She holds an MSc on Process Systems Engineering from Cranfield University (UK) and an MEng on Chemical Engineering from UPV University (Spain).