Coal plant to convert to biomass in Guadeloupe

Coal plant to convert to biomass in Guadeloupe

Coal plant to convert to biomass in Guadeloupe

/ Renewables / Tuesday, 20 November 2018 06:30

The upcoming biomass conversion of the Albioma Caraïbes (AC) coal-fired power plant will help increase the share of renewable energies in Guadeloupe's energy mix from 20.5% to 35%, welcomed the Energy Regulatory Commission (CRE).

“This is a first step towards reducing the use of coal on the Guadeloupe territory,” says CRE in a statement. “It is in line with the current multi-year energy programming of Guadeloupe which provides 66 megawatts of additional capacity operating on biomass in 2023, including 43 MW in substitution for coal.”

The energy transition law provides for these territories 50% renewable energy by 2020.

The AC plant, which has a capacity of 34 MW and produces 260 GWh annually (15% of the island's consumption), is expected to reduce its emissions by more than 265 000 ton of CO2 equivalent per year over the entire chain, equivalent to a drop of about 87% compared to its current coal operation, once converted to biomass.

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