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Polish parliament moves to spur renewable energy development

EURACTIV:

Poland’s upper house of parliament approved an amendment to the country’s renewable energy law on Friday (29 June) meant to remove obstacles to green energy investment and help Warsaw meet EU targets.

Poland’s conservative Law and Justice (PiS) party won the 2015 election partly with promises to sustain the traditional coal industry. In 2016, the government banned construction of new wind farms close to dwellings and imposed new taxes on investors that made many wind farms loss-making.

It also took Poland off the track to meet its EU target of 15% of energy from renewables overall in gross final energy consumption–with sub-targets including renewable electricity, green heat and transport – by 2020.

But as part of a wider plan to ease tensions with the EU, which has criticized the PiS over its politicization of the judiciary, and in light of falling production of high-polluting coal, Poland changed direction towards green energy this year.

In March the government proposed the amendment to remove the tax disincentives and kick off auctions under a new subsidy system in which renewable producers would be assured a stable price for their energy in any given period.

A phase out of government subsidies for coal power, supported by the European Parliament under a proposed revision of EU electricity market rules, was rejected by the Polish power sector as a reflection of “double standards” in Europe because it leaves German coal plants largely off the hook.

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