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Today, our “What is…?” series is about the term “Positive Energy District.” Positive Energy Districts, abbreviated PEDs, represent communities, municipalities or neighborhoods that have a positive energy footprint by generating more clean energy than they consume. Basically, they are like little oases of environmental and energy excellence.

PEDs use sources such as photovoltaic arrays, wind turbines, and hydropower plants to power all aspects of energy needs, from homes to businesses to transportation systems. Reducing our dependence on fossil fuels through PEDs thus contributes significantly to reducing greenhouse gas emissions. However, PEDs are also characterized by their extraordinary flexibility and efficiency. They use smart grids and advanced technologies to ensure that energy is used effectively. For example, when a surplus of energy is generated on sunny or windy days, this surplus is stored so that sufficient energy is always available, even in less favorable weather conditions.

Another important aspect is that Positive Energy Districts increase energy security by reducing reliance on centralized power grids through a variety of local renewable energy sources. Although distributed energy sources are typically less reliable due to fluctuations, PEDs compensate for this problem by incorporating energy storage, microgrids, and efficiency measures that ensure a continuous supply of electricity during emergencies and minimize vulnerability to outages. This proactive approach not only reduces dependence on fossil fuels, but also promotes economic benefits and prioritizes disaster preparedness and response, making PEDs more independent and secure in the face of energy challenges.

Developing a PED is not an effortless task, but requires a mix of creativity, teamwork, and innovative technologies. PEDs are also pioneers in energy management, using smart grids and energy-efficient technologies to ensure that energy supply is matched to demand, waste is minimized, and clean energy use is maximized.

Perhaps most significantly, however, PEDs rely on the active participation of their community. Residents are encouraged to adopt energy-efficient habits and sustainable practices, making the development of a PED a collective effort.

Further, PEDs contribute to the local economy by creating renewable energy jobs, boosting the regional economy, and reducing energy costs for all. Positive Energy Districts continue to evolve and serve as models for future cities and towns.Their success illustrates that sustainable and clean energy solutions are absolutely achievable.Es-geht! GmbH will be intensively involved in the development of PEDs as a consortium partner in the HORIZON project PEDvolution in the coming year. Learn more about it here: https://es-geht.gmbh/projekt-pedvolution-genehmigt/

We hope that we could give you an understanding of what a positive energy district is. If you have any questions, please don’t hesitate to contact Lisa Ziemer or Evyatar Littwitz. Do you have any wishes regarding future articles in the “What is…?” series? Then let us know in the comments and we’ll do our best to cover the topic.

Your Es-geht! Team