GIS - 05 July, 2018: A power station which will generate electricity from 1 000 tons of waste per day is envisaged to be set up in 2020 and will contribute to 4% in the energy mix.
This announcement was made this morning by the Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of Energy and Public Utilities, Mr Ivan Collendavelloo, during the opening of a two-day seminar on the regulatory framework for renewable energy and bioelectricity currently being held at Hennessy Park Hotel in Ebène.
He recalled that Mauritius has initiated with Reunion Island a process of cooperation which has proven to be beneficial for Mauritius. He pointed out that the seminar is part of the tripartite partnership agreement signed in March 2017 in Reunion Island between the Ministry of Energy and Public Services, the Agence Francaise de Développement (AFD) and the Agence de l’Environnement et de la Maîtrise de l’Energie (ADEME).
The objective of the agreement is to strengthen the dialogue between French and Mauritian actors in the field of renewable energies in non-interconnected zones in order to support public policy in favor of renewable energies in Mauritius and Reunion Island. This cooperation is financed mainly by the Fund for Technical Expertise and Experience (FEXTE) of the AFD. ADEME partly contributes to the funding and ensures the implementation of the programme.
Speaking about the progress made as regards renewable energy, Mr Collendavelloo underlined that several projects have been implemented such as the installation of solar panels in Agalega, installation of 11 solar farms, and the Home Solar Project which aims at installing solar photovoltaic systems on rooftops of 10 000 households of low-income families as part of Government’s efforts to alleviate poverty whilst contributing to the national target of achieving 35% of renewable electricity in the energy mix by 2025.
The Deputy Prime Minister underlined that biomass energy projects provide major environmental benefits since feed stocks for biomass energy projects can be obtained from a wide array of sources without jeopardising the food and feed supply, forests, and biodiversity. He underscored the need for a viable economic model for biomass adding that it is important to prevent the over-exploitation of the land and the ocean.
In Mauritius, biomass contributed to 14,7% of the total energy mix in 2014 while the production of electricity from bagasse decreased to reach 497 gigawatts per hour in 2016. This situation is a consequence of the decrease in sugarcane production, he said.
Around fifty participants from the public and private sectors in Mauritius and Reunion Island are participating. The workshop is a follow-up of the first seminar held in Reunion in November 2017 where issues and challenges were addressed for an increase in bioelectricity in the two islands. The development of an appropriate regulatory framework for a more extensive use of biomass is the central theme of this seminar.
During the workshop, participants will share their experiences in the field in order to propose measures to develop sustainable energies in an island environment with emphasis on bioelectricity. High level workshops will be organised with the aim of developing action plans and international working groups. Emphasis will be put more on Mauritian issues in order to propose a roadmap on actions to be implemented in the short, medium and long term to encourage additional mobilisation of biomass and feed-in tariffs adapted to the local context.
The themes which will be discussed are: action plan for renewable energy till 2030; regulatory framework to facilitate the integration of renewable energies in the grid; role of the Utility Regulatory Authority; the objectives of the Commission de Régulation de l’Energie to promote renewable energy in non-interconnected zones; and inventory of biomass for energy.
Participants will also have the opportunity to visit an exemplary facility in Mauritius, the Omnicane thermal power plant, with its innovative 'Carbon Burn-Out' process.
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