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Amendments to the Nuclear Special Act and the Atomic Law
energy, already in force
On 13 April 2023, an amendment to the Nuclear Special Act entered into force. After a legislative process lasting almost two years, the prior rules for development of nuclear facilities in Poland were revised, along with changes to the Atomic Law.
The European Hydrogen Bank: Will the EU finance the hydrogen revolution?
Hydrogen has long been mentioned in EU strategies as a key resource for the energy transition. But so far a major obstacle has been the high cost of producing renewable hydrogen. This is likely to change with Ursula von der Leyen’s initiative to establish a European Hydrogen Bank, announced on 14 September 2022 during the 2022 State of the Union address and outlined in concrete plans in March 2023.
Rules for siting of onshore wind farms liberalised
energy, new provisions
On 13 March 2023, the President of Poland signed an amendment to the “10H Act,” setting the minimum distance of a wind power plant from residential buildings at 700 metres (over calls by power generators, industry organisations and many local governments that it should be 500 m). This means that the years-long struggle to liberalise the infamous “10H rule” has been half-successful.
Challenges for renewables producers in 2023: Amendments to energy market rules
energy, ESG & sustainability
The end of last year abounded in new regulations in Poland governing the electricity market. There was also a lot of talk about the need to amend questionable regulations. But the changes are so numerous it is hard to predict their ultimate impact on the market and specific market participants. This is particularly evident in the case of generators of power from renewable energy sources benefiting from the auction support system.
News from Poland—Business & Law, Episode 29: Changes in law affecting the energy sector
News from Poland
Igor Hanas, an
and partner at Wardyński & Partners who advises energy sector clients, will talk about changes in law affecting electricity prices, building nuclear power stations, and also onshore and offshore wind farms.
Electricity Price Act: What SMEs should pay attention to
energy, already in force
On the Polish energy market, the recent months will be remembered for many reasons. Historically high electricity and natural gas prices have forced changes to a number of established practices. During the crisis, several mechanisms have been created to mitigate its effects—primarily high utility prices. Among other things, a cap on the price of electricity sold to selected end users is being introduced. We now briefly examine whether the Act on Emergency Measures to Restrict Electricity Prices and Support Certain Consumers in 2023 is likely to live up to its name.
Cable pooling: A solution for a shortage of grid connections, and a way to use energy infrastructure more efficiently?
In Poland, public opinion and the private sector agree that faster development of renewables is needed to free the country from dependence on fossil fuel imports, and to reduce domestic coal-fired generation. The private sector has funds to develop renewable energy, for its own use or to sell to the market. And no one needs to be persuaded that the current high energy prices will reduce the competitiveness of the Polish economy over time. So the will and the funds are there. But the barrier is connecting renewable energy sources to the grid, which is simply losing its capacity.
Renewable energy sources support system: Prices and volumes for renewables at auctions in 2022–2027
The first draft of the regulation on the maximum amount and value of electricity from renewable energy sources that may be auctioned in calendar years 2022–2027 in Poland was published on 5 July 2022. It is the first time such a regulation covers six consecutive years. This follows from the amendment to the Renewable Energy Sources Act spurred by industry voices asserting that announcing these values further in advance would allow developers to better prepare for the auction and thus offer more competitive prices.
Bill amending the 10H Act to enlarge the area accessible to onshore wind farms is closer and closer to adoption
In recent months, the wind power sector in Poland has observed the progress of work on a bill to amend the Wind Energy Investment Act and certain other laws. It is much-awaited by the industry, due to the stringent “10H rule” still in force. On 15 June 2022, the Minister of Climate and Environment submitted the bill to the government’s Legal Committee.
Official procedures for limiting natural gas consumption
Over the last few months, the natural gas market in Poland and Europe has been affected by historic price fluctuations, and the situation in Ukraine demands attention to the continuity of gas supplies from abroad. In the context of ensuring security of gas supply to end-users, we point to the potential for introduction of restrictions on natural gas consumption.
Onshore wind power in Poland: Bill to amend the 10H Act gains momentum
In recent months, the wind power sector has observed the progress of work on a bill to amend the Wind Energy Investment Act and certain other laws. It is much-awaited by the industry, due to the stringent “10H rule” still in force. The bill is expected to be sent to the Polish parliament in the first quarter of 2022, but the first draft by the Ministry of Development and Technology has already been released.
Polish Hydrogen Strategy for 2030
On 7 December 2021, the Polish government officially announced its Polish Hydrogen Strategy for 2030 with a view to 2040. The announcement came at a perfect time, amid price turbulence on the natural gas market in Europe and growing doubts whether natural gas (of which Europe has too little) is still a reasonable transition fuel for decarbonisation of the economy.