After getting a hint on the forum, I looked in the source code of the steam turbine and in fact it has wasteHeatToTurbinePercent, which is set to 0.1f. In other words 10% of the heat energy consumed from steam is turned into heat energy in the building itself.
I have no issue with the game mechanic itself. The issue is that it's not mentioned in the game at all, at least not that I can see. Building the steam turbine doesn't mention it. Clicking on a constructed steam turbine doesn't say, though hovering over heat production while it's running tells how much it heats up, but not why. The database doesn't seem to be any mentioning of the 10% either.
Given how much it affects the usage of steam turbines it would make sense to add this information.
Look at steam turbines ingame.
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