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.
The scheme for violet certificates (used for supporting electricity and heat producers exploiting mine methane or gas generated by the biogas plants) will lapse in 2018.
The plans of the Polish Ministry of Economy are to extend these support schemes till 2020, but the industry considers that only additional ten years of support (with the 2030 deadline) may safeguard new investments in electricity generation using the above technologies.
It is also important to note that according to the presentation released by the Polish Ministry of the Economy regarding proposals for the new law on renewable energy sources (RES), the RES commissioned before the entry into force of the new law will be eligible for green certificates applying the correction factor amounting to 1 for 15 consecutive years from the day on which the installation was commissioned.
That provision has decisive significance for investors, since the new law on RES distinguishes the corrections factors for different technologies (which was not applied already and the said factor for every RES technology in Poland, irrespective of whether it is wind offshore or onshore, PV or biomass was always 1).
It appears that installations which co-fire biomass with fossil fuels will be treated as excluded form the above formula. Such sources commissioned before the day of entry into force of the new law will be entitled for the said correction factor amounting to 1 only for 5 consecutive years counted from the date on which the installation was commissioned.
It seems that the Polish Ministry of the Economy assessed that the period of 5 years is sufficient for such installations to recover all incurred costs and outlays. We’ll see whether these assumptions will occur credible.