Caribbean power plant to convert from coal to biomass

By Erin Voegele | November 20, 2018

A coal-fired power plant on the French island of Guadeloupe in the Caribbean is set to be converted to biomass following the approval of a draft power purchase agreement between the facility and the French energy regulator.

On Nov. 15, the Albioma Caraïbes power plant in Guadeloupe announced Commission de régulation de l’énergie (CRE), the French energy regulator, has approved the terms of a draft power purchase agreement with the facility that will allow the coal-fired power plant to convert to biomass.

According to Albioma, the plant has an installed capacity of 34 MW and generates 260 gigawatt hours (GWh) of electrically annually, enough to meet approximately 15 percent of the island’s power consumption.

CRE said conversion of the Albioma Caraïbes plant from coal to biomass is a first step toward reducing the use of coal in Guadeloupe. Once the facility is operation on biomass, the share of renewable energy in the energy mix of the island will reach an estimated 35 percent, up from 20.5 percent in 2017.