The Managing Director of COGEN Europe, Fiona Riddoch says an about to be published survey illustrates the impact of recession on the combined heat and power sector in Europe at the moment.

She said, “the outlook for CHP is very Member State specific. There has been a growth in the number of small installations over the past five years but the current combination of market conditions is hitting CHP particularly hard across all sectors”.

Fiona Riddoch  The survey shows growth has been largely confined to smaller CHP installation in most member states, where electricity market issues, global fuel price fluctuations and lack of consideration for the heat output of cogenerations are all playing a part in keeping the sector down.

  The survey also sheds light on some positive market developments in countries where decentralised production of energy, local use of bio-energy and self-consumption of electricity are promoted.
  Member States are currently implementing the new Energy Efficiency Directive (EED), which requires more openness and an improved status for cogenerators in the electricity sector. It also makes provisions for new service markets within the electricity market where CHP can compete well.

  Dr. Csaba Kiss, Head of COGEN Hungary, who will present findings of the survey, commented that “post-crisis Europe will need the cogeneration’s energy efficiency contributions for productivity, energy savings and growth. Member States must implement the EED ambitiously. Post economic downturn, the predictability, reliability and efficiency of CHP make it an important part of the new energy networks”.
  The 2013 Snapshot Survey of the Cogeneration sector in Europe[2] will be presented at the 20th COGEN Europe Annual Conference & Dinner, the largest CHP conference in Europe to take place in Brussels on 18 and 19 April.

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