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Publikācija: Biomass Projects Financing Schemes in Latvia

Publication Type Full-text conference paper published in other conference proceedings
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Publication language English (en)
Title in original language Biomass Projects Financing Schemes in Latvia
Field of research 2. Engineering and technology
Sub-field of research 2.7 Environmental engineering and energetics
Authors Žanna Budjko
Aivars Cers
Mārtiņš Jirgens
Galina Kashkarova
Kristina Ļebedeva
Ilze Puriņa
Peteris Šipkovs
Āris Žīgurs
Keywords financial mechanisms, heat sector, renewable energy use
Abstract In Latvia, approximately 70 % of the heat supply is provided by municipal DH systems, with about 60 % of the dwellings connected to these systems. The programme of switching small boiler houses, from imported fossil fuel (coal, heavy fuel oil) to local fuel (biomass) was developed by the Latvian Government in early 90-s, after restoration of the state independence. Active use of biomass for heat supply started in 1993 -1995. In the beginning this proceeded through reconstruction of old boilers for wood fuel firing and using imported technologies from Europe. International programmes financially supported by the governments of Denmark and Sweden favoured the introduction of modern technologies in Latvia for heat production from wood. In the total fuel consumption the share of firewood is 29-30 %. The biggest consumers of firewood are households (48,7%), heat supply companies (24,8%), industry (mainly wood processing companies) and others (29,5%). In order to ensure efficient and environment-friendly heat production it is very important to have a financing mechanism, to design new financing schemes and to find modern technological solutions that will promote the switching to environment-friendly fuel and also will ensure sustainability of the system taking into account real socio-economic situation.
Reference Budjko, Ž., Cers, A., Jirgens, M., Kashkarova, G., Ļebedeva, K., Puriņa, I., Šipkovs, P., Žīgurs, Ā. Biomass Projects Financing Schemes in Latvia. In: 16th European Biomass Conference and Exhibition from Research to Industry and Markets, Spain, Valencia, 2-6 June, 2008. Valencia: ETA-Florence Renewable Energies, 2008, pp.2443-2446.
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