Press release,
Thursday, April 21, 2016,
Santo Domingo, D. N.

The Dominican government fails to build coal plants Punta Catalina 720 megawatts in the province Peravia, agreements COP 21 to be signed tomorrow more than 150 nations, including the Dominican Republic, at the headquarters of the United Nations new York, on the occasion of the International Day of Mother Earth.
Madre Tierra en homenaje a Berta Cáceres, 22.04.2016
Photo, Annex: Table Mother Earth, in homage to Berta Caceres, Honduras ecologist martyr of artist Wilfrido Vásquez Gómez, a member of CNLCC.

The National Committee to Combat Climate Change (CNLCC) said that these plants when they begin to operate will release into the atmosphere 6.34 million metric tons of carbon per year dioxide, which will increase the carbon footprint of the country in more than 20 %.

He said that with this level of emissions from these plants will be impossible to achieve the commitment made by President of the Republic, Danilo Medina, before the plenary of the COP 21, last November, in Paris, to reduce the carbon footprint of the country 25% by 2030.

He also noted that the construction of coal plants Punta Catalina transgresses the commitment on climate change established by the nation through the law of National Development Strategy, No. 01-12, in their 4th. Axis and Article 27, to replace imported fossil by renewable energy sources and to decarbonise the economy.

He warned that failure to agreements COP 21 calling it rude, disqualifies the Dominican Republic as a recipient of funding Green Funds that will be the strong financial most important to prevent, adapt and remedy the effects of climate change.

He said there is no way that the national authorities can convince the international community that the construction of two coal plants of 720 megawatts and an emission of 6.34 million metric tons of carbon dioxide a year, can help reduce global warming and climate change, and that these plants are compatible with renewable energy.

“What the Dominican government intends to increase from next year from 14% to about 40% the share of power generation based on coal, which preclude the introduction of renewable energy sources more with the current use of fuel oil, “he said.
He explained that the coal being slow on and off, makes it impossible to combine such a massive supply of coal with fluctuating energy sources such as the renewable sources, as it analyzes the scientific study last year commissioned by the Ministry of Energy and Mines to Worldwatch Institute in Washington.

“If the plants finally Punta Catalina operate with coal, delayed for more than 30 years, the introduction of renewable energies blocked precisely by offering super Punta Catalina” he said.

He said renewable energy has declined in recent years instead of increase in total participation in the country’s energy matrix, falling from 14% to just 9% today.

“Five years ago the contribution of hydropower to the national electricity system was 14% and because of the combination of drought and siltation of dams fell to 6%, while wind barely 2% PV within un1% “, he added.

He said as soon begin operating coal plants Punta Catalina, renewable energy will be reduced to consumption and to be insignificant in the country.
“In these years the government reduced 75% of the incentives of Law 57-07 on Incentives for Development of Renewable Energy Sources in the last tax reform, constantly clogged with red tape and burdensome tolls illegal installation of new projects renewable energy and now he has to change the method of calculating the cost of energy systems provided by the national system consumption below the market price, “he said.

He noted that it is an anachronism that the Dominican government is introducing coal as the fundamental basis of electricity generation when large companies extracting coal are going bankrupt because coal plants are closing worldwide bound by stricter environmental standards and the payment of compensation for health damage caused to the population.

“Clearly that is not consistent the Dominican government with the commitment of the COP 21 to drastically reduce the consumption of fossil fuels by 2100 and by 2030 had achieved the closure of all plants of coal in the world, when the project Punta Catalina will begin operations in 2017 or 2018 with an expected lifespan of 40 years, “appropriated.

The National Committee to Combat Climate Change (CNLCC) proposed the government to honor the commitment made by the nation and the President of the Republic, with the COP 21, proceed to convert coal plants Punta Catalina gas natural, dismantle coal plants ITABO I and II and Barahona, restore all the incentives of Law 57-07 on incentives for Development of Renewable Energy Sources, adopt the draft Energy Efficiency Act and implement immediately all projects renewable energies that are pending in the Ministry of Energy and Mines.


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