Decreto-Lei n.º 64/2017

Publicação: Diário da República n.º 113/2017, Série I de 2017-06-12
  • Emissor:Economia
  • Tipo de Diploma:Decreto-Lei
  • Número:64/2017
  • Páginas:2966 - 2968
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Summary in plain english (Without legal value)

What is it?

This decree-law defines new rules for the construction and operation, by municipalities, of power stations that produce energy from forest biomass.

Forest biomass is biodegradable waste (in other words, waste that decomposes naturally in the environment) that results from forestry, farming and other activities. This waste can be used to produce electricity and heat.

What will change?

Construction and operation of biomass power stations

The government will identify the counties where the use of biomass in power stations can have the greatest impact on fire fighting and forest preservation.

Municipalities in these counties may build and operate biomass power stations to produce electricity and heat. To do so, they must ask the Directorate General for Energy and Geology for a production permit and authorization to inject up to 15 megawatts of electricity into the public grid.

The power stations may be built and operated by the municipalities themselves, by associations of municipalities, by intermunicipal communities, or by public or private entities to whom they have passed on the construction and exploitation rights.

Measures to support the sale of electricity produced

The government guarantees that these biomass power stations may sell electricity at a more favorable price provided they meet the following conditions:

  • use biomass and a maximum of 5% of fossil fuels (made from coal, petroleum and natural gas) as fuel
  • present a ten-year action plan, designed together with local forestry producers and local authorities, to ensure there will be enough resources to produce energy for consumption
  • submit by March 31 of each year an annual report on the biomass consumed
  • authorize the Institute for Nature Conservation and Forests or the Directorate General for Energy and Geology to monitor the biomass consumed.

What are its benefits?

This decree-law is intended to:

  • protect the forest and reduce the risk of fire
  • boost the market for forest biomass and the local economy
  • promote good practices of sustainable forestry.

When does it come into effect?

This decree-law comes into effect the day after being published.

This text is intended to present the content of the legal act in accessible, plain and understandable language for citizens. The summary of the legal act in plain language has no legal value and does not replace the consultation of the legal act in the Diário da República.