Analysis of alternatives to coal-based district heating for the Bitola region in North Macedonia
Analysis | 21 December 2022
The largest coal-fired power plant in Bitola, North Macedonia has been operational for 40 years and has never included a district heating component, although this has often been discussed. Yet Macedonia must phase-out coal by the end of this decade, and its most recent energy strategy supports this. To ensure there are no delays in the coal phase-out plans, this study analyses possible alternatives to the planned coal-based district heating system in the Bitola region.
To do so, the study examines the current heating situation in the Bitola region (covering the municipalities of Bitola, Mogila and Novaci), followed by an analysis of the techno-economic potential for using decentralised heating solutions that are also in line with the country’s environmental protection commitments. The analysed heating options provided in this study are both economically and environmentally sustainable alternatives to the planned district heating system, not only in the long term, but also as immediate solutions.
This study is also available in Macedonian.