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Brazilian biomass plants want to join March 2020 tender - report

Sugarcane field. Author: Jenny Mealing. License: Creative Commons, Attribution 2.0 Generic

September 19 (Renewables Now) - Biomass power investors in Brazil are asking to participate in an energy auction to be held on March 2020 currently designed for gas and coal-fueled thermal power projects, Reuters reported on Wednesday.

The new auction will award supply contracts for a 15-year period, starting in 2024, and nearly half of the current operational biomass facilities' contracts will have expired by then, sugarcane industry association Unica's bioelectricity manager Zilmar de Souza told Reuters.

The Energy Cogeneration Industry Association (Cogen), which is also calling for biomass to be allowed to bid in the tender, noted that sugarcane bagasse-powered plants in Brazil have concentrated production between April and November, which coincides with a period of lack of rainfall and a drop in productivity from hydropower plants.

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