Implementation of the CHP Directive

Last updated: 5 November 2017
Decree-law 23/2010 transposes into Portuguese Law Directive 2004/8/CE of the European Parliament and the Council of 11 February, on the promotion of cogeneration based on a useful heat demand in the internal energy market. It aims to increase energy efficiency and security of supply by creating a framework for the promotion and development of high efficiency cogeneration of heat and electricity based on useful heat demand and primary energy savings in the internal energy market. This law regulates the activity of cogeneration, establishing its legal status and remuneration. The tariff is based on two modalities, according to the choice of cogeneration, accessible to efficient cogeneration and high efficiency cogeneration. Incentives are provided based on three criteria: reduction of primary energy consumption and CO2 emissions compared with the separate production of electric and thermal energy; cogeneration production that is efficient and uses renewable resources; and promoting the participation of cogeneration in the electricity market.

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