U.S. Wood To Heat Homes In Paris

Paris plans to import thousands of tons of wood per year from the United States as part of plans to use more renewable energy in its urban heating systems, city authorities said on Thursday. Paris urban heating company CPCU – which provides heat and hot water for more than a quarter of Parisians – plans […]

Paris plans to import thousands of tons of wood per year from the United States as part of plans to use more renewable energy in its urban heating systems, city authorities said on Thursday.

Paris urban heating company CPCU – which provides heat and hot water for more than a quarter of Parisians – plans to burn 140,000 tons of wood pellets per year in a new 75 million euro ($84 million) plant in Saint-Ouen, north of Paris, that will start operating in a few weeks.

Environmentalists have questioned to what extent wood-fired power plants can reduce carbon emissions, especially if the wood has to be imported. But CPCU said the use of wood – as well as a switch from fuel oil to gas – will avoid 300,000 tons of CO2 emissions per year. “This is a good example of how the energy transition is put in place following the United Nations climate conference,” said Celia Blauel, Paris deputy mayor for the environment.

Compagnie Parisienne de Chauffage Urbain President Frederic Martin said it was cheaper to buy the pellets from the United States than in France, where the timber industry also produces pellets but mainly in small volumes for individual customers.

The plant, which will use a 50-50 mix of wood and coal, awarded a five-year contract to U.S. suppliers that runs until 2019.

From Reuters: http://in.reuters.com/article/france-biomass-wood-idINL5N16I63G

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