Policy status:Superseded
Date Effective:2000
Date Ended:2005
Policy Type:Economic Instruments>Direct investment>Infrastructure investments, Policy Support
Policy Target:Bioenergy>Biomass for heat
Policy Sector:Heating and Cooling
Size of Plant Targeted:Small, Small and Large
Agency:Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications, Energy Department
Funding:up to 0.225 MEUR/y (from state budget)

In Estonia, municipalities are responsible for the operation and development of local energy utilities providing heat supply. Although the district heating utilities have been privatised in many cases, a number of utilities are still under the control of municipalities, as their economic performance is not good due to poor consumer purchase power and low efficiency of the district heating systems.

Every year the Ministry of Economic Affairs and Communications carries out an open call and evaluation of proposals, where municipalities are eligible to present the proposals on increasing the efficiency in their facilities or district heating. These projects might foresee the installation of new boilers on renewable fuel. Usually, supported installations are small: their average size is less than 1 MW. Every year 2 or 3 projects are supported, while the number of applications has been always high.

In 2004, a EU financed project (from PHARE funds) with a focus on energy efficiency improvements was adopted, with a budget 2 MEUR for investment support.

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