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Law on climate change in Poland

 

Polish Ministry of the Environment plans to restrict the import of biomass from the non-EU countries. The Polish press cited the words of the Polish Environment Minister who said that the Ministry worked on new rules on sustainable biomass criteria.

 

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The new Regulation of the Minister of the Economy addressing inter alia the specificities for the obligations for acquiring and surrendering green certificates entered into force on 31 December 2013.

 

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The support scheme in Poland for CHP plants (entitled for so-called “red certificates”) and for and gas-fired cogeneration plants (eligible for so-called “yellow certificates”) extinguishes in March 2013.

 

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According to the presentation released by the Polish Ministry of the Economy micro installations and small installations are defined in the following way:

 

1. micro installation – installation of the renewable energy source having the overall installed electrical output at a maximum 40 kW or overall installed thermal or cooling output at a maximum 70 kW, excluding installations producing biogas or generating electricity, heating or cooling from biogas,

 

2. small installation – installation of the renewable energy source having the overall installed electrical output between 40 kW and 200 kW or overall installed thermal or cooling output at a maximum between 70 kW and 300 kW, excluding installations producing biogas or generating electricity, heating or cooling.

 

The important simplification is that the above categories of RES installations will be exempted from the licensing requirements. The economic activity consisting in generating electricity, heating or cooling in small installation will only be registered with the supplier of last resort which in competent for the area where the said small installation operates. The supplier of last resort will, consequently, inform the President of the Energy Regulatory Office of the changes made in the registry.

 

The most far-reaching is, however, the approach taken with respect to micro installations.

 

The push for reducing red tape burdens is visible in the provision which only requires micro installation generator to notify distribution system operator of the location, type and installed output of the micro installation that was connected to the network by the authorised electrician. Connecting to the network consist only in notification in question and installation of the relevant meters. The costs for the meters as regards micro installation will be borne by the relevant distribution system operator.

 

Moreover, generating electricity, heating or cooling in micro installations for the purpose of use up for own needs as well as selling the surpluses will not represent an economic activity within the meaning of the respective provisions of common application.

 

 

 

The Polish Ministry of the Economy has revealed the specific values for correction factors applied with respect to green certificates used in the future support scheme for renewable energy sources. According to the presentation made by the Ministry services the biggest support amounting to 2.85 of the green certificate will be available for photovoltaic installations above 100 kW. The interesting thing is that the support for co-firing biomass with fossil fuels is planned to be extinguished by 2020.

 

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