District Councilor Drexler calls for geothermal energy

By Heike A. Batzer, Fürstenfeldbruck

Jakob Drexler, District Councilor of the Independent Civil Associations (UBV), demands geothermal energy for the energy supply of urban regions in the district. In the district council committee for energy, environment and planning, he recommended his colleague from the SPD, Puchheim Mayor Norbert Seidl, to resume planning. An attempt for geothermal energy had already been made in Puchheim before a referendum stopped it in 2018. In Munich, however, the largest geothermal plant in Europe is now located at the southern thermal power station. “Geothermal energy is a lengthy affair, but sustainable,” said Drexler. They have to be promoted above all in the urban areas, for example in Puchheim, Germering, Olching or Fürstenfeldbruck . Geothermal energy refers to the thermal energy stored beneath the solid surface of the earth and its use, for example for heating, cooling and power generation.

This was preceded by a discussion in the committee on how to deal with the heating systems on the district’s own buildings. By 2030, greenhouse gas emissions in Germany are to be reduced by 65 percent compared to 1990, and the country wants to be greenhouse gas-neutral by 2045. The district’s own properties – school building, district office, vehicle registration office, caretaker’s apartments, district building yard, Jexhof farm museum, Mammendorf outdoor pool – are heated in different ways, mostly with gas or district heating. The greatest need for action is at the Unterpfaffenhofen secondary school and the Gröbenzell high school, where the CO2 values are well above the target. In the coming year, more in-depth investigations are to be carried out at both schools. District heating is an alternative for heating the two schools. However, this is not necessarily a cost-effective alternative, warns the district administration. The heating costs increased with the introduction of district heating at the grammar school and junior high school in Puchheim. The district councilors agreed not to simply dismantle older systems. “Heaters that work should be left on,” demanded Johann Wörle (CSU), referring to how volatile times are right now: “There were times when everyone was screaming for gas.” But now the prices are high even for wood pellet heating systems. A ton already costs 800 euros, a few years ago it was 200 euros.

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