World December 4, 2023 | 8:15 am

Dominican Republic commits at COP28 to reduce coal use

Dubai.- At the 2023 United Nations Climate Change Conference, commonly known as Cop28, the Dominican Republic pledged to gradually reduce its reliance on coal for electricity generation. This commitment was highlighted in a Reuters report summarizing the agreements made by countries participating in the conference.

A significant part of the discussion focused on coal usage. France announced its intention to lead a group of countries urging the OECD (Organisation for Economic Cooperation and Development) to assess climate and financial risks associated with new coal investments. The goal is to discourage funding for such projects. In line with this initiative, coal-using countries like Kosovo and the Dominican Republic agreed to formulate strategies for phasing out their coal-powered plants.

In the Dominican Republic, the Punta Catalina Thermoelectric Plant, which started operations on July 29, 2020, is a major coal-based power facility, contributing 730 MW of electricity. This output represents about 30% of the nation’s total power generation. As of March 2023, Punta Catalina had received over 5.7 million metric tons of mineral coal for energy production.

The Reuters report, however, did not provide specific details on how the Dominican Republic plans to alter its coal use in electricity production or whether it intends to develop new plants to replace the coal-powered Punta Catalina facility.

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Paul Tierney
December 4, 2023 8:49 am

The Punta Catalina plant has been an albatross around the neck of the country because of its tainted history of conception, construction, and a questionable quality of maintenance & operation. It should at least be converted from coal fuel to cleaner gas.

December 4, 2023 7:02 pm

We have Sun ☀ …consider one nuclear plant ,and we’ll be lit 24/7 …Lights on Christmas tree in Agora mall will envy entire país ..

Paul Tierney
December 4, 2023 8:15 pm
Reply to  Fundador

Unfortunately, a nuclear plant is beyond the ability of the RD treasury to fund the construction and operation of one.

julia maria perez
December 7, 2023 11:32 am
Reply to  Fundador

A 1000 megawatt nuclear plant cost about 8 billions, while a conventional coal/gas plant cost about 2 billions. It takes a long time to break even with a nuclear plant, and dispossing of the nuclear waste is not cheap either. Nuclear does provides a lower cost per watt in the very long run.