Midi-Pyrénées in south of France close to Spain
Midi-Pyrénées in south of France close to Spain

An agreement for 100 biogas biogas plants in the Midi-Pyrénées 2020

Midi-Pyrenees will establish 100 biogas plants by 2020, as announced July 30, 2013 by Martin Malvy, President of the Region, on the occasion of the visit of Philip Martin Minister of Ecology, Sustainable Development and Energy and Stéphane Le Foll Saint-Mont minister of Agriculture in the Gers.

This ambitious goal was officially recorded in an agreement and is the first agreement signed in this regard between the state and region. France is in this area quite late. While Germany has created thousands of sites, there were not more than 90 at the end of 2012 at the national level.

The agreement provides for the establishment of a regional committee for biogas, co-driven by the state and the region, which will facilitate the assembly operations and contribute to the development of the sector in the Midi-Pyrenees, thus contributing to the development implementation plan Energy Autonomy Methane Nitrogen (EMAA) introduced by the government in March.

Since 2009, the Midi-Pyrenees has supported the creation of 17 biogas plants for a total investment of nearly 30 million. Three other units will be launched by the end of 2013 and 70 potential projects are under development or validation, according to the statement.  The Region has the plan of 300 million euros over ten years and has obtained the support of the European Investment Bank.

The hundred production units could in 2020 lead to production of 2,200 GWh, equivalent to 25% of all gas consumption in the Midi-Pyrenees.

The agreement signed between the Region and GrDF includes another component, on the fight against fuel poverty. For its part, the Region continues operation “eco-housing check” that should help rehabilitate 70. 000 dwellings in 10 years. To date, 1. 548 eco-checks were awarded with a budget of more than $ 2.3 million. GrDF for its part is committed to providing eco-checks to its customers, “as well as attractive alternatives for financing the replacement of boilers, for example,” explains Thierry Gless. Director for Development and Territories in Southwest GrDF, heating gas is a good deal, despite the expected increase in the price of this power: “For a house of 100m2 gas heated, a family of 4 will spend one . 050 euros per year. Allow 1. 500 euros for a house heated with electricity or oil, “according to the specialist who cites figures from the Ministry of Ecology and Sustainable Development

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