In order to make a swift and efficient transition to renewable energies in sources for German central heating, it is crucial to unite the efforts of all relevant actors in the heating revolution. This also requires an appropriate legal framework. For this reason, municipal heat planning can serve as a holistic concept for the systematic planning of the transformation of regional heating supplies. Such an arrangement, however, should not only address important legal points in the transition. It should also take into consideration questions of local management and anchoring, as well as options for directing and funding projects in accordance with federal programs and schemes.
What kind of experience with heat planning does one actually find at the local level? We held approximately 50 interviews with experts to evaluate the status quo and to determine what kinds of actions need to be taken to better organize local heat planning in the future. The questions revolved around jurisdiction and competency in the municipalities, aspects of planning, funding and financing, the availability of data for heat planning, as well as the role of remote heating and the part local civic society can play in the process. In this report you can read the results of these interviews.