370 industrial plants and more than 1,400 million euro of investment are still waiting for the new government to implement pending regulatory developments aiming at the renewal of cogeneration plants that have become obsolete.
The BOE yesterday issued the order setting the values of the remuneration for operation of cogeneration plants for the second half of the year. The industry regrets that neither its claims nor the recommendations of the CNMC have been taken into account and criticizes that further cuts are applied to industries retroactively without respecting the legal guarantees.
Distributed generation ensures a reliable power supply. That is what the Thai government defends, and it has created a program for Small Power Producers to promote the construction of distributed power generation facilities, because in addition to ensuring security of supply, its makes Thailand more attractive to foreign investors.
Renovation of facilities in the cogeneration sector is not a matter of aesthetics. As of January 1, 2016, plants over 50 MWt must reduce NOx emissions more than 10 times to keep running. Cogen Spain has submitted a Plan Renove proposal to the Ministry of Industry that should be adopted soon if they are not willing that the Spanish industry collapses.
The energy sector in Latin America is more active than ever. The Asturian group DF has signed a contract with the Chilean company Empresa Nacional del Petróleo (ENAP) to implement a 77 MW cogeneration plant in Concón (Valparaíso region), for approximately 106 million euro. It will integrate one natural gas turbine.
"The reform macro-scissors have resulted in cogeneration reducing its revenues by1,100 million per year. This sector highly integrated in the industry, used to generate 12% of the country's electricity and has suffered the closure of one hundred plants, reducing its production by 20%, resulting in the compensation cost having dropped more than expected by Ministry ".
Repower has signed contracts with GE and Iberdrola, through its engineering subsidiary, for the turnkey installation of the new Chempark Leverkusen (Germany) combined cycle plant, including a high efficiency GE 9HA gas turbine and long-term services. Their aim is to reduce CO2 emissions and bet on energy efficiency.
Energy efficiency, reducing environmental impact and saving are three of the principles applied by EDF Fenice Ibérica in their work. The company is mainly engaged in the development of cogeneration and has now made the leap to Italy with the construction of the 12.5 MW cogeneration plant of Huntsman, a titanium dioxide production plant on Scarlino (Tuscany).
Fuel prices greatly influence fossil technologies profitability. This is one of the reasons why a decision has been made at the Altamira Power Plant in Mexico to convert the facilityin order to allow the use of cheaper coke of coal as a fuel in replacement of fuel oil. And those responsible for this conversion are French Alstom and Spanish Isolux Corsán.