Monday, August 13, 2012

Move to feed-in tariffs Poland

Monday, August 13, 2012
The new law, the renewable energy law in English, probably not until early 2013 will take effect.

The announcement was made by Poland's Deputy Minister, Mieczyslaw Kasprzak, made at a press conference July 27, 2012.

Other former Eastern bloc countries have adopted the Czech Republic the feed-in tariffs for renewable energy sources with varying degrees of success and consistency, above all.

Poland, communities in the United States, and his early revolt against Soviet rule, the flagship of the neoliberal "reforms" after the fall of communism however, was through his long association with emigrant. So every step of the generally conservative Polish Government is way out of his troubled system tradable green certificates and potentially groundbreaking in the direction of feed-in tariffs.

Perhaps is there anything have to do, that a decision had made the other conservative bookend of the European Union, United Kingdom, previously, to scrap its quota system (renewable portfolio standard in the U.S. terminology) and to introduce a form of feed-in tariffs or contracts for difference. Great Britain had a wildly successful feed-in tariff introduced previously, for microwave generation, which led the installation of more than 1,000 MW solar photovoltaic.

Some details of the draft Bill within the Polish Government in circulation are available in English. Reports and partly machine translation, here is what is little known.

Program extension is limited by a budget.Microgenerators get Vernetzung.Bewertungen accelerated all three Jahre.Wind, solar, geothermal, hydro, biogas, biomass, wave and tidal energy be included.New renewable target of 15.5% by 2020Contract term: 15 years with the exception of the Zufeuerung.Befreiung of the excise tax on generation.
There are currently only generation of 2.8 TWh per year, or less than 2% of the offer installed 2,000 MW of wind power in the country.

The most "renewable" generation in the country is coal fired power plants with biomass by the dubious practice of "co-firing". Co-firing can be utilities and benefit from the "green certificates" under the Polish renewable obligation system. Demand for biomass of utilities - some foreign owned - has become so great that it led domestic resources exhausted and rising imports. The proposed renewable energy Act are partially introduced to this imbalance.

The proposed Act restricts the conditions of co-firing in only five years.

European and Polish ecologists long Polish dependency "co-firing" as a means to the fulfilment of its obligations was criticized renewable. It was however the foreign exchange costs of import of biomass to the Poland's demand for "green certificates" moved the Government to act.

Poland is not part of the euro zone of of currency, although it is a member of the European Union and has therefore a legal obligation to achieve the renewable energy target.

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