August 22 (Renewables Now) - The Portuguese government approved today a new incentive scheme for the construction and operation of biomass energy plants located near high fire risk forest areas.
According to the document, the new special regime aims to decarbonise existing thermal consumption and promote energy efficiency. The power that will be fed into the grid is restricted to no higher than 60 MW in the mainland and up to 10 MW for a single plant.
With this new guidelines, the Portuguese government will focus mainly on supporting thermal projects fuelled by biomass sources.
To benefit from the new regulations, investors will have to meet certain requirements such as having the schemes in close proximity to critical fire risk areas.
In January, the European Commission approved the country's biomass support programme, which has a budget of EUR 320 million (USD 354.6m).
(EUR 1 = USD 1.108)