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Biomass, an alternative for balancing the energy system

17 April 2014
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[one_half]”Biomass, Biogas & Cogeneration Romania 2014”, the first national conference focused on energy produced using biomass or energy generated by Combined Heat and Power stations and organized by GOVNET Conferences, will be held on Thursday, May 8, 2014, from 9 a.m, at InterContinental Hotel in Bucharest.

Amid the upsurge in wind and solar projects (at the end of the last year the total power installed in wind farms was approximately 2,500 MW, while PV projects totaled 1150 MW), balancing power capacities are necessary. Biomass is a solution in this regard, being not only renewable, but also accessible, its vast untapped potential mainly coming from the agricultural land available in Romania.

Following an increase of about 140% in 2013 in terms of installed power capacities, projects using biomass and its derivatives, such as biogas (including cogeneration projects) came to 65 MW in total, remaining the only ones unaffected by the recent changes in the green certificates (GCs) subventions scheme. Hence, the electricity generated by biomass power facilities receives 2 GCs/MWh for a 15-year period. Additionally, there is an extra GC, provided biomass derives from energy crops (i.e. rape, soya plants, sunflower, even corn), as well as if the electricity is produced in high-efficiency biomass power plants.

The event organized by GOVNET Conferences is meant to support the development of this sector, becoming a meeting platform for all stakeholders: regulatory authorities – the Department of Energy, the Ministry of Agriculture, ANRE; Romanian Municipalities Association;[/one_half][one_half_last]biomass producers and traders, developers and operators of biomass, biogas or cogeneration power stations, equipment manufacturers, professionals providing technology solutions, energy traders, financial and legal experts, large farm owners, as well as companies operating landfills – biogas is generated by anaerobic fermentation of waste.

The conference proposes a distinct approach, creating the proper environment for exchanging views on this subject, for direct networking, meetings, interactive debates concentrated on the opportunities arisen in this niche in the green energy market, its challenges and present issues, therefore supporting the progress in the industry – the only 65 MW installed can be considered as substantial growth premises, especially given the expected announcement of the feed-in tariff by the Romania’s Energy Regulatory Authority.

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