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Volume of electricity produced by CHP plants on a rise in Latvia

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Baltic news, News from Latvia, BNN.LV, BNN-NEWS.COM, BNN-NEWS.RUIn 2015 combined heat and power plants produced 3,526.8 GWh of electricity (17% more than in 2014) comprising 63% of the total volume of electricity generated in Latvia. Last year, 5 540.4 GWh of heat were produced in CHP plants – 72% of the total heat produced in the country.

Last year, there were 183 active CHP plants – 8 CHP plants more than in 2014.  Total installed electrical capacity of CHP plants accounted for 1,275.1 megawatts (MW) in 2015; it has doubled since 2007 and grown by 9.8 MW, as compared to 2014, according to data from the Central Statistical Bureau of Latvia.

In Latvia there are four CHP plants with installed electrical capacity over 20 MW, comprising 82% of the total installed electrical capacity of the CHP plants. Electricity produced in these CHP plants accounted for 62% of the total volume of electricity produced. Three of the plants were located in Riga, one – in Zemgale region.

In 2015, CHP plants in Riga had the highest installed electrical capacity – 1,060.0 MW or 83% of the total installed electrical capacity of the CHP plants. The CHP plant in Zemgale region had the second highest installed electrical capacity – 60.6 MW that is 2% more than in 2014. In 2015, the lowest installed electrical capacity (27.6 MW) was recorded in Vidzeme region – a drop of 3%, as compared to 2014.

The bulk of CHP plants using renewable energy sources (RES) was located in Vidzeme and Zemgale region. For instance, in 2015 installed electrical capacity of RES-fuelled CHP plants in Vidzeme constituted 23.2 MW or 79% of the total installed electrical capacity in this region.

Natural gas is the main energy source used for production of electricity and heat in Latvian CHP plants. In 2015, 78% of electricity and 68% of heat were produced in CHP plants by using natural gas; electrical capacity thereof accounted for 1,147.1 MW.

During the last five years, consumption of natural gas in CHP plants has been reducing. In 2010, natural gas took 98.1% of the installed electrical capacity of CHP plants, whereas in 2015 those were 90.0%. RES share consumed by CHP plants has grown by 3.9% during the last three years. Since 2007, installed electrical capacity of RES-fuelled CHP plants has gone up 13 times, reaching 124.9 MW in 2015. Volume of electricity produced in RES-fuelled CHP plants grew 17 times, reaching 768.5 GWh that is 22% of the total volume of electricity produced in CHP plants.

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