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 The crucial amendment is the proportional settlement of the shares of the agricultural biomass and the forestry one in the event where the proportions required by the law have not been observed.

 

 

 

A new draft for the Regulation of the Ministry of the Economy on the detailed extent of the obligation to acquire and redeem the certificates of origin, the collection of the substitution fee, the purchase of electricity and heat generated in the renewable energy sources and the obligation for approval of the data considering the quantities of electricity generated in the renewable energy source (version of 14 January 2012) introduces the definitions of the ‘auxiliary fuel’, of the ‘wood of the full value’ and of the ‘boiler’.

 

It also determines the extent of the renewable obligation with respect to all entities and specifies the appropriate percentage level for each year in the period between 2012 and 2021 (20%).

 

The draft provides for changes as regards the required share of the agricultural biomass which has been set for units co-firing the biomass and coal at 85% for 2021 and, respectively, 50% for:

a) hybrid units and

b) 100%-biomass boilers.

 

There has been also reserved for the above-mentioned hybrid units and for 100%-biomass boilers specific exclusions applying when the said unit or its boiler was commissioned before 2015 or before that date the unit was modernised to enable 100%-biomass operation (with the potential use of the auxiliary fuel).

 

It is noteworthy that the draft for the said Regulation does not qualify as renewable energy the energy produced from firing the ‘wood of the full value’.

 

The other crucial amendment is the proportional settlement of the shares of the agricultural biomass and the forestry one in the event where the proportions required by the law have not been observed.

 

The draft Regulation when in force, will substitute for the earlier Regulation of the Ministry of the Economy of 14 August 2008 on the detailed extent of the obligation to acquire and redeem the certificates of origin, the collection of the substitution fee, the purchase of electricity and heat generated in the renewable energy sources and the obligation for approval of the data considering the quantities of electricity generated in the renewable energy source (Journal of Laws No 156, item 969 as amended).