CHP plants are producing 51% of total electricity in Latvia
Provisional data of the Central Statistical Bureau of Latvia show that there were 166 active combined1 heat and power (CHP) plants with total electrical capacity of 1251 (MW) in Latvia in 2013, which is 19% more than in 2012. CHP plants produced 3170 gigawatt hours (GWh) of electricity, which is 51% of the total produced electricity and 5038 GWh of heat – 69% of the total heat produced. The number of cogeneration plants has increased by 33, and the amount of installed electricity has also grown.
Number of public CHP plants and installed electrical capacity (MW) in 2013
Number of CHP plants
Installed electrical capacity, MW
Electricity produced, GWh
Heat produced, GWh
≤ 0.2 MW
0.2 < P2 ≤ 0.5 MW
0.5 < P ≤ 1 MW
1 < P ≤5 MW
5 < P ≤ 20 MW
> 20 MW
CHP plants in Riga produced the largest share of installed electrical capacity in 2013 – 1059 MW or 85% of the total installed capacity of CHP plants. As compared to 2012 electrical capacity in Riga increased by 17%. The second highest installed electrical capacity was produced in Zemgale region - 53.9MW, which is 52% more than in 2012. The smallest share of installed electrical capacity last year was produced in Vidzeme region - 27.6 MW, which is an increase of 9% as compared to 2012.
For the production of heat and electricity, CHP plants mostly used natural gas. In 2013 electrical capacity produced from natural gas comprised 1141 MW - 16% more than in 2012.
CHP plants by fuel type in 2012 and 2013
Over the seven years from 2007 to 2013 the share of renewable energy sources (RES) has increased significantly. If in 2007 the electrical capacity produced by cogeneration plants from biogas and fuelwood was 6 MW, in 2013 this indicator reached 105 MW.
CHP plant electrical capacity and consumed fuel in 2013 by statistical region of Latvia
Annual data on activities of CHP plants in 2013 will be published in the CSB database under section Energy in June.
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