Moldova can produce more 6,000 MWth of heat and 4,000 MWel of electricity by applying co-generation technology
2 December 2015

Republic of Moldova estimated its potential for cogeneration based on useful heat energy to over 6,222 MW of heat and 4,636 MW of electricity out of renewable sources. Using natural energy sources based on advanced technologies can reduce energy dependence, while enhancing economic development. The topic of transforming the agricultural, industrial and urban waste into heat and power has been discussed today at the National Forum “Bioenergy: Towards Local Energy Self-Sufficiency”, conducted in the framework of the Eco-Energy Week.

The current event is at its second edition, and our intentions is that it becomes a tradition. We have tackled this topic in a different way, namely by advocating for the country’s energy self-sufficiency, following a bottom-up approach. This is what we have seen in European countries. Any community is able to cover its energy needs out of agricultural waste. And Moldova, theoretically speaking, could cover almost half of its natural gas imports out of biomass-based energy”, stated Stephane Bride, Deputy Prime Minister, Economy Minister.

Co-generation represents a technologically mature and efficient approach in the competitive production of power and heat energy. Co-generation is widely used in the EU countries, while, in the Republic of Moldova, is at an incipient development stage. Nowadays, there are several Moldovan companies that use their generated waste to cover their own needs of heat and power, and they deliver the excess of electricity to the national distribution network.

The 200 Forum participants, mainly entrepreneurs, representatives of local governments and Academia got familiar with the advanced experience of many European states, which produce biogas and generate heat and power out of agricultural residuals. A presented case study was of German communities, which ensure their energy self-sufficiency due to co-generation.

Pirkka Tapiola, EU Ambassador to the Republic of Moldova, mentioned: "With Bioenergy, Moldova has a great opportunity to diversify its energy supply and reinforce the use of energy locally produced. This sector also gives an opportunity to create additional jobs in the country. This is the reason why EU is an active supporter of this sector in Moldova. I welcome forums like today and the participation of external guests who should give us an opportunity to improve the work we do and gain from their experiences".

The first “Bioenergy” National Forum was conducted in 2014 and covered the topic of energy crops and the perspectives of their growing in the Republic of Moldova.

”The United Nations Development Programme supports Moldova on its way towards developing a smart energy market, which enhances the access to locally available clean energy and reduces the country dependence on external energy suppliers, develops the country economy by creating new jobs and by launching new businesses and, last but not least, ensures cleaner environment”, noted Dafina Gercheva, UNDP, Resident Representative / UN Resident Coordinator in Moldova.

The National Forum “Bioenergy: Towards Local Energy Self-sufficiency” is one of the event series conducted under the Eco-Energy Week. The schedule of the Week includes events, debate platforms, and meetings dedicated to the development of renewable energy sector and energy efficiency promotion. The Eco-Energy Week will culminate with Moldova Eco-Energetica Gala to be conducted on the 4th of December - an official ceremony to reward the most notable achievements in the area of energy production, transmission, distribution and efficient use, in developing and promoting advanced technologies and innovations related to renewables and energy efficiency.

Amongst the Eco-Energy Week organisers, the Ministry of Economy, the Energy Efficiency Agency and the Energy and Biomass Project funded by the EU and implemented by the United Nations Development Programme, are to be mentioned.

For additional information please contact:

Ina Prisăcaru-Zglavuţă, Communication and Media Officer, Energy and Biomass Project, Phone#: 022 839983,


Ştefan Curărari, Communication Consultant, Energy Efficiency Agency, Phone#: 060900700,

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