CEZ bumps-up biomass power production

The Czech power group CEZ raised production of electricity from biomass by a third to 327 GWh in the Czech Republic during 2008.

CEZ used 347,000 tonnes of biomass last year, 50% more on the year before, with all sources burning biomass together with brown coal.

The amount of power would cover the annual consumption of over 93,000 households.

CEZ, which is majority owned by the state, intends to invest Kc30bn (€1.1 billion) into the expansion of green energy facilities in the next 15 years.

Two-thirds of the amount will be used for the construction of wind power plants, the rest will be spent on building and upgrading hydroelectric power plants and facilities burning biomass.

The action plan for biomass in the Czech Republic for 2009 to 2011, adopted by the government, is aimed to raise the use of biomass for electricity production so that the country fulfils the pledge to almost double the share of electricity produced from renewable sources in gross domestic power consumption by the year 2010. Last year, it was around 4%.

By 2020, the country is expected to raise the share to 13%. CEZ accounts for two-thirds of Czech power produced from renewable sources. It also runs biomass facilities in Poland.

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