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    CHP plants generate 40% of total electricity output in Latvia in 2017

    RIGA, May 17 (LETA) - In 2017, combined heat and power (CHP) plants in Latvia produced 3,000.1 gigawatt hours (GWh) of electricity, representing 40 percent of the total electricity output in Latvia, according to the latest information from the Central Statistical Bureau.

    The share of electricity produced in CHP plants from renewable energy sources (RES) grew, comprising 31 percent in 2017. Last year, CHP plants produced 6,301.7 GWh of heat, which is 76 percent of the total heat generated.

    Last year, there were 204 active CHP plants in Latvia, which is six CHP plants more than in 2016. Since 2008, the total installed electric capacity of CHP plants has increased 2.2 times reaching 1299.1 MW in 2017, which is 1 percent or 7 MW more than in 2016.

    In Latvia, there are four CHP plants with installed electrical capacity exceeding 20 MW, and it takes 81 percent of the total installed electrical capacity in all CHP plants. The amount of electricity produced in these plants accounted for 52 percent of the total amount of electricity produced in CHP plants. Three of the plants are located in Riga and one in Zemgale region.

    In 2017, the CHP plants in Riga had the highest installed electrical capacity – 1,059.9 MW, which almost has not changed since 2013. The CHP plants in Zemgale region had the second highest installed electrical capacity (70.0 MW) that grew by 10 percent or 6.2 MW over the year. In its turn, the lowest installed electrical capacity was recorded in CHP plants located in Kurzeme region (32.5 MW) and it has risen by 11 percent. Compared to 2016, the installed electrical capacity in Pieriga region rose by 7 percent and reached 58.0 MW, while in Vidzeme and Latgale regions it fell by 9 percent and 4 percent, respectively.

    Since 2008, the installed electrical capacity of CHP plants powered by RES has grown 15 times. Compared to 2016, the installed electrical capacity of these CHP plants has gone up by 8 percent, reaching 155 MW in 2017.

    Since 2008, the share of electricity produced in RES-fuelled CHP plants has grown by 29 percentage points, and last year 930 GWh of electricity were produced from RES, constituting 31 percent of the total amount of electricity produced in CHP plants. Rise in the amount of electricity produced in RES-fuelled CHP plants is facilitated by the State aid.

    In 2017, the largest share of electricity produced from RES in CHP plants was registered in Vidzeme and Zemgale regions – 89 percent and 82 percent, respectively, while the smallest share was observed in Riga – 3 percent of the total electricity produced in the region.

    In 2017, Latvian CHP plants mainly consumed natural gas (27.1 petajoules (PJ)) and fuelwood (12.4 PJ). During the period from 2008 to 2017, the share of natural gas consumed in CHP plants fell from 94 percent to almost 63 percent, while the share of RES consumed grew by 33 percentage points, reaching 37 percent in 2017.

    Latvia aims at reaching 40 percent of RES in the gross final consumption of energy by 2020 thus reducing Latvian energy dependency upon imports of energy resources.

    • Published: 17.05.2018 14:13
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