Cogeneration gradually increasing in Europe

Barriers remain but future looks bright for cogeneration, says European trade association

The penetration of cogeneration in the European energy market has moved forward since 1995, but not by much, according to the 1997 European Cogeneration Review. Published by the industry's trade association, Cogen Europe, the market overview estimates that cogeneration (or combined heat and power) accounts for 9-10% of electricity production in the European Union, Poland, Hungary and the Czech Republic. This is a slight increase over 1995 figures, but "well short" of the 30%+ figures attained by Denmark, the Netherlands and Finland. The reason for the slow uptake, says Cogen Europe, is that "a wide range of barriers" still remain. Despite the gradual opening up of Europe's electricity markets, "the opportunities for developers to enter non-domestic markets are virtually non-existent." However, the association expects a "bright" future for cogeneration due to continuing liberalisation of the European energy market and increased concern for the environment.

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