Katowice Heat Supply and Conservation Project

This report evaluates the Katowice Heat Supply and Conservation Project financed by a US$45 million loan from the World Bank to PEC Katowice, Poland. The project's aims were to:

  1. enhance energy conservation and efficiency in the district heating sector;
  2. extend the life of existing district heating assets through rehabilitation and introduction of modern technologies; and

reduce environmental pollution through investments in energy-efficient equipment and systems as well as by supporting a program to eliminate coal-fired heat-only boilers. In terms of implementation, the project involved:

  1. an investment component consisting of investments in equipment to optimize the existing district heating system; and
  2. technical assistance through consultancy services, studies and staff training.

The evaluation rated the project's outcomes as "satisfactory" and key lessons learned are related to issues concerning:

  1. demand forecasts,
  2. tariff policies,
  3. financial covenants,
  4. entity financial management,
  5. corporate governance,
  6. institutional development,
  7. reallocation of substation benefits, and
  8. involvement of local combined heat and power plant.

Area of Evaluation: 

Mitigation

Thematic Cluster: 

Energy efficiency

Theme of Evaluation: 

Building Energy Efficiency

GEF Funding: 

No

Level of Evaluation: 

Country

Region: 

Europe and Central Asia

Type of Evaluation: 

Implementation Completion Report

Country: 

Poland

Institution: 

World Bank

Evaluation Author: 

Energy Sector Unit, Europe and Central Asia Region (ECSEG)

Year of Evaluation: 

2001