Doctoral candidate focuses on district heating agreement

Daniel Hult, doctoral candidate in commercial law, will spend the next two years studying legal issues surrounding the district heating contract.

The Swedish district heating act came into force on 1 July 2008. The purpose of the act is primarily to increase confidence in the district heating sector by strengthening the customers’ position. But in the wake of the new legislation many questions have arisen, and many are unsure on how a contract between the district heating supplier and customer can be designed.

During the last year, Daniel Hult has studied the regulations used in the District Heating Act. Now he has received an additional 1.12 million SEK from the research programme Fjärrsyn in order to continue his research.

“It is my ambition to give the district heating sector a greater knowledge and awareness of their legal requirements. The clearer the legal environment is, the easier it is to understand how the district contract may be used and designed,” says Daniel Hult.

Fjärrsyn, a collaboration between the Swedish District Heating Association and the Swedish Energy Agency, has the overall purpose to carry out research for the benefit of district heating.