France: national biogas generation capacity grows to 365 MW
France closed 2015 with 421 biogas plants with a combined 365 MW of electricity generation capacity.
Last year, France added 40 MW of new capacity, confirming the steady growth levels observed from 2011 to 2014. The regions of Ile-de-France, Aquitaine-Limousin-Poitou-Charentes, Nord-Pas-de-Calais-Picardie and Alsace-Champagne-Ardenne-Lorraine are home to more than half of the installed capacity. The same four regions also accounted for nearly two thirds of the new capacity last year. Ile-de-France is the leader with 71 MW installed, up by 26% from the previous year.
Biogas power plants produced 1.7 TWh in 2015, up by 21% from 2014, though still accounting for just 0.4% of the overall electricity consumption in France. The pipeline capacity grew by 18% quarter-on-quarter. At the end of December 2015, the French Ministry also counted 162 projects with a combined capacity of 116 MW being planned for construction in the near future.
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