Bulgaria has Big Potential for Biomass Energy Production

Monday 07 October 2013

Energy consumption in Bulgaria will double by 2035 and a possible increase in biomass production could be a way to meet growing demand for electricity.

Bulgaria has huge potential for biomass production and could benefit from it to satisfy its future energy needs, according to Royal Dutch Shell expert, Vim Thomas.

Thomas recently presented in Sofia an analysis on energy needs and consumption in the next 20 years.

Bulgaria’s energy consumption will double in the next 20 years and the country’s energy strategy will depend on a choice made between two main scenarios, pointed out the expert.

The first scenario is that a political elite will make the important decisions regarding Bulgaria’s energy policy, while the second one is that a business elite will be in charge of the country’s energy strategy.

Bulgaria’s increased demand for electricity in the future will be either met by nuclear power and natural gas, if politicians will make the calls, or by coal-fired plants, which will become main sources of energy, if it’s up to business to make the decisions on energy development, said Thomas.

In both cases, Bulgaria could benefit from developing further its renewable energy resources, such as solar and wind power, but especially biomass, because biomass is available essentially everywhere in the country, pointed out the expert.

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