The focus is on the development of business models for customer-side demand response measures in district heating networks. The legal and regulatory aspects are also examined. Necessary changes in relation to the political framework, data usage and dynamic tariffs are outlined.

Up to now, the business models for district heating have been very rigid. The inclusion of the customer system requires a much more dynamic handling of customer data and tariffs.

The model solution can be transferred to other district heating networks if the communication options (access to customer systems from the boiler house) are available and the legal and regulatory conditions (e.g. district heating supply contract) are adapted accordingly. Scalability is good if the framework conditions mentioned above are in place.