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.
The support scheme currently in force do not differentiate the place of origin of the biomass, whether it is produced locally or comes from overseas. There are serious doubts whether giving support to the coconut-shells co-firing serves economical and environmental purposes.
The stance of the Environment Minister is that the change of the rules currently in force may be done in the form of the regulation which does not require the Parliament endorsement.
However, in the opinion of some analysts, such an approach could trigger claims since the regulatory switch of that weight should be preceded by transitional period. They also assert that parliamentary approval should not be omitted.
In fact, if some electricity producers have long-term contracts for the supply of the biomass from overseas and such contracts provide for contractual penalties in case of early termination problems may arise.
Under the current rules the National Energy Regulatory Authority (URE) is entrusted with the power of verifying whether the biomass used for generating electricity qualifies for support.