German region reveals bioenergy production rise

Rush to beat biogas subsidy cut-off pushes up overall bioenergy generation.

The amount of bioenergy used in Germany’s rural Mecklenburg-Vorpommern region increased last year, according to new figures.

In an announcement last week Germany’s statics office said the state, which lies on the country’s north coast, said a rush to push through biogas projects meant it added 29 plants last year. The sector grew to 540 facilities with an electrical capacity of 299 MW in 2014, up from 511 plants with a capacity of 273 MW in 2013.

The region is sparsely populated and home to many agricultural business, indicating it should be a key area for biogas development. Overall, bioenergy, including biogas, biomass and waste combustion, produced 2,300 GWh of electricity in 2014, a slight rise from 2,268 GWh in 2013.

This placed it third in the overall electricity mix, contributing 19% in total, behind wind and coal, which added 36% and 20% respectively.

This article is a result of a partnership between ENDS Waste&Bionergy and EBA.

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