BiznesAlert EN https://biznesalert.com ENERGY INFRASTRUCTURE ENVIRONMENT Mon, 20 May 2019 08:00:40 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.10 How to quit coal? Polish political parties have a different view on changes https://biznesalert.com/how-to-quit-coal-polish-political-parties-have-a-different-view-on-changes/ https://biznesalert.com/how-to-quit-coal-polish-political-parties-have-a-different-view-on-changes/#respond Mon, 20 May 2019 08:00:40 +0000 http://biznesalert.com/?p=3293 Politicians of all Polish political angles definitely agree that there is no turning back from the withdrawal of fossil fuels from the national energy mix. However, they differ significantly as to how this should be done. The candidates for the European Parliament elections representing all the parties participating in the election presented their vision regarding […]

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Politicians of all Polish political angles definitely agree that there is no turning back from the withdrawal of fossil fuels from the national energy mix. However, they differ significantly as to how this should be done. The candidates for the European Parliament elections representing all the parties participating in the election presented their vision regarding the future of the national energy and climate protection at the electoral debate on the Polish energy transformation during the Third National Congress of Civic Energy.

Zbigniew Gryglas from the Law and Justice (PiS) opined that the dark vision of climate degradation does not have to be fulfilled, but to avoid it actions at all political levels from global, through EU to domestic must be taken. In his opinion, these actions are taken also with the participation of Poland, and their expression was, among others, organization of COP 24 summit in Katowice. Gryglas reminded that first and foremost every individual can contribute a lot to the protection of the climate with their actions and behavior.

Władysław Teofil Bartoszewski PhD from the Polish People’s Party (PSL) argued that everyone agrees that our attachment to fossil fuels should change, but according to him the problem is that Europe is a very small CO2 emitter, therefore its activity will have limited result, because the most carbon dioxide is now produced in Asia and the United States. – It does not mean that we should not change our energy mix, but each country should start from itself and not dictate to others what they should do. Poland has a lot to do, because we are very backward when it comes to the implementation of RES and now we have to concentrate on that. We should also fight for EU funds to be able to implement energy transformation. We must do it quickly, because such fundamental changes last a very long time – he argued.

Urszula Kuczyńska from the leftist party Together (Razem) referred to the previous speaker’s words, stressing that she was irritated by words saying “if we do something and others do not, it will be a problem”. In her opinion, both Poland and the EU should set themselves more ambitious climate goals, and as she estimates quitting a coal in 2050 is definitely too late. – We want to increase the share of RES in the EU to 45 percent, reduce energy consumption to 40 percent. We believe that 5 percent of EU GDP should be invested in green projects. It is feasible for the EU, considering what tools it has, while all the time it allocates far too little funds to achieve climate goals – she argued.

Tomasz Terlecki from Spring of Biedroń (Wiosna) agreed with her, and warned that we were at the threshold of a climate disaster. – For me, the goal is clear. In 2050, we must be climate neutral, because otherwise our civilization will cease to exist, for now EU actions are too little ambitious so that we could dream of achieving this goal.

Danuta Hübner, who represents the Civic Platform (Platforma Obywatelska) expressed her satisfaction that today, above all, young people are fighting for the climate, such as the Swedish teenager Greta Thunberg. According to Hübner, in order to fight climate change effectively, European countries must take joint action and the EU should coordinate it.

Mirosława Stępień from the Green Party (Zieloni) expressed the opinion that the EU’s climate goals are far less radical. – I am an activist and I entered politics because I am frustrated that so little is happening about climate change. I believe that Poland is able to give up coal by 2030, it is possible from both an economic and technological point of view, but without political will, nothing will change. In Poland, there are already places where transformation takes place, for example in Greater Poland, from where I come. The mayors of this region have bottom-uply made a decision obliging them to move away from coal – she stressed.

The candidates for MEPs also talked about what Polish energy policy should look like and what actions should be taken by our country on the EU forum in order to get support from the EU and implement a national climate goals.

Gryglas argued that at the EU level, we can do a lot, and Poland has a chance to be a leader in changes when it comes to climate protection issues. – In the interest of our country, whose energy market has had a different structure for a long time comparing to many EU countries, because we were more dependent from fossil fuels, should be employing of every EU funds, because we face various challenges. The most important ones are emission from transport, industry and deforestation. To solve these problems, Law and Justice wants to channel EU funds, and invest in renewable energy, dispersed energy and offshore sources. Investments in climate protection at the local level are another priority – he declared.

Bartoszewski wants to allocate EU funds to increase the share of renewable energy in the Polish energy mix, he also appealed to change the law introduced by the Law and Justice, which he believes blocks onshore development. – It is important to increase energy efficiency, replace furnaces in homes, because the main problem is not the industry, but households. The industry has adequate filters, and many families cannot afford to replace the old furnaces. The third issue is the development of a combined heat and power plant, another electric public transport. It should function in all cities in Poland, because the vision of Prime Minister Morawiecki that we will drive electric cars is nonsense. As for the construction of the nuclear energy, social discussion must take place in this matter, because some people are afraid of it and it is necessary to take this into account – postulated Bartoszewski.

Urszula Kuczyńska commenting on the previous speaker’s words said that it is extremely unfortunate that high-level politicians have problems distinguishing smog from carbon dioxide emissions. Referring to the EU climate policy, she claimed that the goals set by the Paris Agreement are not ambitious enough. In her opinion, the priorities of Polish energy policy should be the development of renewable energy, prosumer energy and distributed energy at the local level. – These projects have to be developed, but let us not delude ourselves that without the mental plight of our society, we will quit a coal, we need a low-carbon, systemic source of energy, which is nuclear energy.

According to Terlecki, the most important issue for which Poland should allocate EU funds is the construction of energy storages. Danuta Hübner, in turn, emphasized that business needs to be drawn into the implementation of projects protecting the climate, financed from public money. In her opinion, the awareness and education of children from an early age is extremely important in the fight against climate change.

Mirosława Stępień pointed out that the fight against climate change is definitely not enough, because apart from that we have two huge problems, namely animal extinction and environmental pollution. – We must definitely change our lifestyle, even if we stop climate change, our world will die because the fauna will die – she argued.

The politicians also assessed during the debate when, in their opinion, Poland would be able to move away from coal. Zbigniew Gryglas siad that the postulated by some 2035 is unrealistic and it would be socially irresponsible to leave the coal until then. In turn, Urszula Kuczyńska referred to this proposal, considering that saying that it is impossible to leave coal by 2035 is irresponsible, because it threatens our children and the whole human species. Terlecki has criticized the current and previous governments saying that regardless of whether the Law and Justice rules or the Civic Platform governed, Poland continued to invest in coal, dreaming of nuclear energy. Danuta Hübner did not give a specific date for Poland’s departure from coal, considering that it must happen as soon as possible. Mirosława Stępień, as one of the previous speakers, also said that 2050 is definitely too late and it should rather happen in 2030-2035. She also criticized the current energy policy. – We are currently importing coal, it is totally against our energy security, and the nuclear energy will also have to be taken from somewhere. We buy gas from Russia. Only RES can provide us with energy security. There is no certainty as to the price increase for energy, when the current law, adopted by the Law and Justice, ceases to operate, they will go up sharply – she warned.

The discussion also concerned the topic of the heat and power plant in Bełchatów, which is the largest emitter of carbon dioxide in Europe, as well as the creation of outlets that would supply coal to it.

Danuta Hübner joked that in place of the heat and power plant a national park could be created, because we have insufficient amount of green areas. Kuczyńska warned that when thinking about the shutdown of Bełchatów, we must remember the people who work there who must live off something. In her opinion, they should be offered something in return. – You can use the job for job model, engage people who are waiting for redundancies in programs related to green energy, to retrain them. And Bełchatów can be replaced by a nuclear unit – she proposed. Mirosława Stepien also postulated that in case of the heat and power plant, the transformation must be just. According to her, such a process will take several years and must be adjusted to the people working in Bełchatów. Tomasz Terlecki said that outcrops are a phantasmagoria and they will never be created, while the entire infrastructure around the power plant should be used. – One of the ideas could be building nuclear blocks – he proposed.

At the end of the debate, the audience could vote for the candidate who, in his opinion, best dealt with the discussion. The winner was Elżbieta Kuczyńska from Together party.

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Polish Briefing: Poland has always been a gateway to the West for Lithuania https://biznesalert.com/masiulis-lithuania-transport-poland-via-carpatia/ https://biznesalert.com/masiulis-lithuania-transport-poland-via-carpatia/#respond Mon, 20 May 2019 07:00:11 +0000 http://biznesalert.com/?p=3291 What goes on in Poland on the 20th of May. Masiulis: Poland has always been a gateway to the West for Lithuania (INTERVIEW) The Via Carpatia and Rail Baltica projects will give Lithuania access to Western Europe. Poland is a natural gateway to the West for Lithuania, and has always been – said the Lithuanian […]

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What goes on in Poland on the 20th of May.

Masiulis: Poland has always been a gateway to the West for Lithuania (INTERVIEW)

The Via Carpatia and Rail Baltica projects will give Lithuania access to Western Europe. Poland is a natural gateway to the West for Lithuania, and has always been – said the Lithuanian Minister of Transport and Communications Rokas Masiulis in an interview for BiznesAlert.pl.

BiznesAlert.pl: In September at the Economic Forum in Krynica, we talked about the reconstruction of the Renge railway to the Możejki refinery. At what stage are the works today?

Rokas Masiulis: Last month, we signed a contract with the contractor, and work will start soon. We planned a meeting with the Polish Minister of Infrastructure Andrzej Adamczyk in Możejki in June. He will come to the construction site to see how the work is going on. They should be finished by the end of this year, but we are still talking with contractors, what may extend the work for several months. However, we are prepared that the end of the work will be finished at the end of the year.

And what is the future of the Via Carpatia project?

Via Carpatia will lead from the Polish border to Kaunas and further to the sea to Klaipeda. The connection of Klaipeda-Kaunas has already been completed some time ago, we have recently opened a section of the highway from Kaunas to Mariampol, the last infinite section between Mariampol and the border with Poland remained. Work on the last part should be completed by the end of 2022. According to our knowledge, the Poles have to finish their part in 2021. This means that by 2023 the northern part of Via Carpatia will be completed.

What do these infrastructure projects – Via Carpatia and Rail Baltica – mean for the Lithuanian economy?

They will give us access to Western Europe. Poland is a natural gateway to the West for Lithuania, and it has always been. Since the collapse of the Soviet Union, all our infrastructure projects have led to the West, through Poland i.e. highways, railways like Rail Baltica and aviation.

How is the development of aviation infrastructure in Lithuania?

We are expanding our two main airports: first of all, the Vilnius airport, where we create a new terminal to effectively increase its capacity for the next 10-15 years. The number of passengers is growing rapidly, so we are not sure if this will be the final stage of airport expansion. It may be necessary to make a decision either to enlarge the Vilnius airport or to build a completely new one, similar to the Central Transport Port project. It would differ from the Polish plan in that the airport itself would be created without a railway hub. Our old aviation infrastructure is slowly becoming more efficient, and the old airport is on the UNESCO World Heritage list, so it is forbidden to touch it (laughs).

Interview by Michał Perzyński

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Polish Briefing: “The government plans on offshore wind farms are ambitious” https://biznesalert.com/polish-briefing-the-government-plans-on-offshore-wind-farms-are-ambitious/ https://biznesalert.com/polish-briefing-the-government-plans-on-offshore-wind-farms-are-ambitious/#respond Fri, 17 May 2019 08:00:59 +0000 http://biznesalert.com/?p=3283 What goes on in Poland on the 17th of May. Czopek: The government plans on offshore wind farms are ambitious  The energy policy project assumes “slightly” more than 10 GW of power in offshore wind energy until 2040 – said on Wednesday in Katowice the Director of Department of Renewable and Dispersed Energy in the […]

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Czopek: The government plans on offshore wind farms are ambitious 

The energy policy project assumes “slightly” more than 10 GW of power in offshore wind energy until 2040 – said on Wednesday in Katowice the Director of Department of Renewable and Dispersed Energy in the Ministry of Energy Piotr Czopek. 

The first power from offshore wind farms in the Baltic Sea would flow from 2025 to 2026.

As he said, the plan is “ambitious”, and the Ministry, indicating this 10 GW showed that “for today” sees such a demand. “There are also voices that it is not much, that it could be (planned – PAP) more. But it will also depend on investors “- he stressed.

Piotr Czopek stipulated that due to the distant time horizon, “a lot could happen”. “It can be more than 10 GW, it can be less” – it will depend on the energy demand and development of other technologies – he added. Earlier, also during the European Economic Congress in Katowice, Deputy Minister of Energy Grzegorz Tobiszowski announced that he would recommend that the law enabling the development of offshore wind energy in the Baltic Sea was adopted in this parliamentary term.

The Ministry of Energy is working on the assumptions of the legal framework for the development of offshore wind farms. “Due to the very large potential in the Baltic, we are very serious about using this energy source. Its potential will increase even more when methods of energy storage are developed, which should happen after 2030, “said the Deputy Minister of Energy. The power utilization rate for offshore wind farms may exceed 44%.

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Nord Stream 2 is delayed. It is confirmed by the documents https://biznesalert.com/nord-stream-2-delay-documents/ https://biznesalert.com/nord-stream-2-delay-documents/#respond Fri, 17 May 2019 07:00:20 +0000 http://biznesalert.com/?p=3287 The start of Nord Stream 2 operation will be delayed at least to the second half of 2020. It is official, just take a look at the documents – writes Wojciech Jakóbik, editor-in-chief of BiznesAlert.pl. On May 15th, the Danish Energy Agency published environmental records for the third variant of Nord Stream 2 route. The […]

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The start of Nord Stream 2 operation will be delayed at least to the second half of 2020. It is official, just take a look at the documents – writes Wojciech Jakóbik, editor-in-chief of BiznesAlert.pl.

On May 15th, the Danish Energy Agency published environmental records for the third variant of Nord Stream 2 route. The pipeline from Russia to Germany via the Baltic Sea is already being built, but not all permissions have been received yet. Denmark has not yet decided whether and what application to consent to. It already received two, now it demands the third one. It was possible thanks to ending the territorial dispute between Poland and Denmark. Removing the grey zone near Bornholm allowed to reach for the third route and the Danes asked for investigation of it, causing considerations about the political context of their decision. The records are available at the Nord Stream 2 AG website, in the part names „non-technical summary” also in Polish, as it is required to proceed with trans-border consultations for the proposed route, including with Poles, who will be able to express their opinion.

In the summary, one can find a project schedule, where it is directly stated that Nord Stream 2 will be put into operation in the second half of 2020. What is interesting, the construction process and putting into operation is described as one stage of works and spreads from 2018 to the third quarter of 2019. However, Nord Stream 2 was supposed to be finished by the end of this year. Combining the construction and putting into operation makes it possible to cleverly avoid pointing the precise date of finishing the construction. It is threatened by the necessity of waiting for Denmark’s decision. Start of deliveries may be delayed in addition, if Nord Stream 2 will have to be adapted to regulations of the amended EU gas directive.

Opóźnienie Nord Stream 2 w dokumentacji projektu. Grafika. BiznesAlert.pl

This is the first case that Nord Stream 2 delay has officially been described in the documents. So far, the Russian authorities and the company responsible for this project (fully owned by Gazprom) convinced that the project would not be delayed. Several months later the delay seemed a minor threat for the economic future of the project, but put in a context, it gains a specific meaning. If Nord Stream 2 cannot omit Ukraine by the end of 2019, it will be necessary to sign a new transition contract with the Ukrainians, what we wrote about in BiznesAlert.pl. The Russians will probably still need the Yamal Pipeline, so a new transition contract with the Poles will be needed as well. If Nord Stream 2 was build without obstacles and started deliveries on New Year 2020, the Russians could work not counting on transit states.

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Kroplewski: Methane from coal deposits will strengthen energy security https://biznesalert.com/kroplewski-pgnig-methane-carbon/ https://biznesalert.com/kroplewski-pgnig-methane-carbon/#respond Thu, 16 May 2019 08:00:09 +0000 http://biznesalert.com/?p=3285 – We invest in methane mining from the coal deposits, not because it is successful in China or Australia. This is an opportunity for PGNiG to gain up to 1.5 billion cubic meters of gas which will also strengthen the energy security of the country – said PGNiG Vice President Łukasz Kroplewski during the 11th […]

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– We invest in methane mining from the coal deposits, not because it is successful in China or Australia. This is an opportunity for PGNiG to gain up to 1.5 billion cubic meters of gas which will also strengthen the energy security of the country – said PGNiG Vice President Łukasz Kroplewski during the 11th European Economic Congress held in Katowice.

Since 2016, PGNiG has been conducting research works under the Geo-Metan project together with the Polish Geological Institute in Gilowice. Its aim is to develop methods and techniques for pre-exploitation of methane mining from coal deposits. In April, the company connected to the network a 0.9 MW power generator fueled with gas coming from the extraction of methane from the coal deposits. – We wanted to prove to our business partners that it is possible. Already, the flows are 5,000 cubic meters per day. In a moment, the villages will receive gas obtained in this way. The effects are satisfactory. It begins to be financially viable – said Vice-President Kroplewski.

In this context, he mentioned that in February PGNiG signed an agreement with the Polish Mining Group regarding the pre-exploitation of methane from hard coal deposits. The works will be carried out at KWK Ruda Ruch Bielszowice. According to the estimates of the Polish Geological Institute – National Research Institute, there can be as much as 170 billion cubic meters of methane in the Upper Silesian Coal Basin.

– We win on climate policy. Natural gas, methane, CNG and LNG are clean fuels. There is a demand for gas, as evidenced by investments in steam and gas blocks in Żerań or in Dolna Odra. We are glad that gas is perceived as clean, green fuel. On the other hand, let us not be crazy about the European Commission’s aspirations. Energy is based on fossil fuels, which Poland also uses. What is out of date in Europe does not have to be the same in the rest of the world – said the Vice President of PGNiG.

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Polish Briefing: “The development of RES will be evolutionary” https://biznesalert.com/poland-res-development/ https://biznesalert.com/poland-res-development/#respond Thu, 16 May 2019 07:00:27 +0000 http://biznesalert.com/?p=3281 What goes on in Poland on the 16th of January. Tobiszowski: There are no plans to eliminate onshore.  The development of renewable energy will be evolutionary -We need to take care of the climate and the environment. This is indisputable.  However, we must do so in responsible and evolutionary way. According to the climate and […]

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What goes on in Poland on the 16th of January.

Tobiszowski: There are no plans to eliminate onshore.  The development of renewable energy will be evolutionary

-We need to take care of the climate and the environment. This is indisputable.  However, we must do so in responsible and evolutionary way. According to the climate and energy policy, the expenditure on transformation will be very high. We must remember from what level we start. What should guide us is a just transformation. It will allow us to branch off from coal from 76 to 60 percent in 2030. – said Deputy Minister of Energy Grzegorz Tobiszowski during the panel on the renewable energy market in Poland at the European Economic Congress.

He reminded that in January, in line with the expectations of the European Commission, the Ministry of Energy prepared the National Plan for Energy and Climate. – Together with the energy strategy until 2040, these two documents are compatible with each other. I am glad that there have been so many votes during public consultations. This shows the importance of this document. These plans will enhance the energy mix. The share of renewable energy in 2030 is to amount to 21 percent. The pace of RES development will accelerate after 2025. Then, thanks to the technologies, it will allow for a growth of RES, safe for the energy system, at a safe, economical level. We anticipate that offshore wind farms may appear in 2025. In 2040, from the wind at sea, it is to be 10 GW in accordance with PEP, which is to give 41 TWh. The power utilization rate may exceed 45 percent. The rate of energy storage may appear in 2030 – he mentioned.

Until then, local sources of renewable energy should be developed using current sources. He added that the number of micro installations is also growing significantly. – In 2016, it was 16 thousand, and in 2018 it was 54 thousand. This is a result that is rare in Europe. We have support systems, like that created by PKO Bank. He added that the atom after 2030 will also be important. – We plan the development of this source in 2033, or in 2036 at the latest – he stressed. 

– We want to continue to develop the onshore. This requires analyzes of the effectiveness of wind turbines and the level of acceptance by local communities. We are in dialogue with these communities and the industry. We have managed to achieve a certain consensus, which may help to change the law in the future. – There are no plans to eliminated onshore. Nobody in the Ministry of Energy wants to eliminated it – emphasized the guest of the European Economic Congress in Katowice.

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Naimski: Dependence on one supplier exposes us to manipulation https://biznesalert.com/naimski-lng-ekg-2019/ https://biznesalert.com/naimski-lng-ekg-2019/#respond Wed, 15 May 2019 08:00:37 +0000 http://biznesalert.com/?p=3279 – The countries of Central Europe, including Poland, are the most exposed to the manipulations of the dominant supplier. Gas is as needed as oil or coal in the previous century, said the Government Plenipotentiary for Strategic Energy Infrastructure, Piotr Naimski, at the 11th European Economic Congress in Katowice. Piotr Naimski said that the possibility […]

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– The countries of Central Europe, including Poland, are the most exposed to the manipulations of the dominant supplier. Gas is as needed as oil or coal in the previous century, said the Government Plenipotentiary for Strategic Energy Infrastructure, Piotr Naimski, at the 11th European Economic Congress in Katowice.

Piotr Naimski said that the possibility of diversifying LNG sources is a chance that gas as an energy source would cease to be a problem for Europeans: – We have a number of terminals for LNG reception in Europe, which are used in a small percentage – up to 30 percent. The possibilities are huge, a small fraction of what we import from Russia. You can replace the directions of imports from the East with gas from the USA – he said.

According to Naimski, supplies of US gas and US and EU energy cooperation will give new impetus to transatlantic relations that are fundamental to global security, especially for the Western community: – Central European countries, including Poland, are the most vulnerable to manipulation of the dominant supplier. The Polish diversification strategy is in line with the strategy of ensuring security for Poland in the next decades, because gas is as necessary as oil or coal in the previous century – said Minister.

– Construction of infrastructure and giving direction of change, which is brought by the possibility of accepting LNG, leads us to the fact that the terminal in Świnoujście will be expanded. This investment will be completed in 2021, we will increase the possibility of entering this market by 50 percent. We decided to build a floating unit near Gdansk. It will have a capacity of approximately 4 billion cubic meters annually, it will be the second entry for liquefied gas into the Polish system. It will be ready in 2024-2025 – announced the politician.

Naimski also referred to the Baltic Pipe project: – This investment will be completed on October 1, 2022, i.e. before the contract with Gazprom expires. Poland will be able to buy gas from the USA, Norway or Qatar, which will give us the opportunity to build a competitive gas market. This competition will be dictated by the economic calculation. This fits in with the Polish security strategy as such, the more so because relations with the US are very important for Warsaw. A bilateral energy dialogue between the US and Poland is being conducted, we are carrying out another routine meetings, Rick Perry is responsible for this from the American side, and it was my share from the Polish side – the government’s representative said.

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Polish Briefing: The US and the EU are ideal business partners when it comes to LNG https://biznesalert.com/ristori-ekg-2019-us-eu-lng-partners/ https://biznesalert.com/ristori-ekg-2019-us-eu-lng-partners/#respond Wed, 15 May 2019 07:00:45 +0000 http://biznesalert.com/?p=3275 What goes on in Poland on the 15th of May. Ristori: The US and the EU are ideal business partners when it comes to LNG – The partnership between the European Union and the United States is perfectly matched. The EU needs to import more and more, and the US will export more and more, […]

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What goes on in Poland on the 15th of May.

Ristori: The US and the EU are ideal business partners when it comes to LNG

– The partnership between the European Union and the United States is perfectly matched. The EU needs to import more and more, and the US will export more and more, said Dominique Ristori, Director General of Energy for the European Commission, at the 11th European Economic Congress in Katowice.

At the very beginning, Ristori stressed that energy security is an absolute priority, and to achieve this, diversification is crucial: – The gas market is growing in Europe. At the same time, European gas resources are falling. Therefore, we are forced not only to diversify, but to increase imports in general – said the official.

He noted that the partnership between the European Union and the United States is perfectly matched: – The EU needs to import more and more, and the US will need to export more and more. This is of fundamental importance for the development of new energy units, such as those on the Croatian island of Krk or in Greece. We are not only talking about short-term contracts, but also long-term ones. At the meeting in Brussels, we talked with energy secretary Rick Perry, we agreed that the LNG market will be more and more competitive, more and more fluid and will completely change the current gas market – said Dominique Ristori.

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Tchórzewski: Poland can’t afford a sharp development of RES https://biznesalert.com/tchorzewski-ekg-eec-2019-res/ https://biznesalert.com/tchorzewski-ekg-eec-2019-res/#respond Tue, 14 May 2019 08:00:02 +0000 http://biznesalert.com/?p=3270 Poland cannot afford the sharp development of renewable energy sources. The introduction of renewable energy will be progressing in Poland in an evolutionary manner, said Minister of Energy Krzysztof Tchórzewski on the panel devoted to the Polish Energy Policy until 2040 (PEP2040) at the 11th European Energy Congress in Katowice. – Poland is one of […]

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Poland cannot afford the sharp development of renewable energy sources. The introduction of renewable energy will be progressing in Poland in an evolutionary manner, said Minister of Energy Krzysztof Tchórzewski on the panel devoted to the Polish Energy Policy until 2040 (PEP2040) at the 11th European Energy Congress in Katowice.

– Poland is one of the fastest growing economies in Europe. This increase is above the average of the European Union and OECD countries. Poland is the leader in the area of ​​energy dependence, this index is 40 percent and is lower than in France, Germany or Spain. Attention to energy independence is demonstrated in critical moments and allows to ensure that we do not run out of energy sources. Looking at the processes taking place in the domestic economy, we see that they are closely related, and they also affect the transformation of the energy sector – said Minister Tchórzewski. 

He said that for over ten years, our energy sector is affected by climatic, political and business trends. – The ambitious climate and energy policy of the European Union until 2030 and the vision of a zero-emission economy by 2050 are a challenge for our sector. For us, a fair transformation is important, which will concern diversification of the energy mix and reduction of CO2 emissions. We cannot focus on unit elements, like moving away from coal. The changes must take place at such a pace as to ensure our energy security. Conventional sources will be modernized, thanks to what their emissivity will decrease and efficiency will increase – added the politician.

Tchórzewski announced that the increase in demand for electricity will be satisfied by low-emission sources, and the government wants to realize prices of 21 per cent of renewable energy sources by 2030. – We place special hopes on photovoltaics and offshore wind farms. The sphere of prosumer energy is developing dynamically in Poland. The increase in RES in the energy mix must proceed with the development of the reserve and transmission networks. Polish networks are not adapted to a sudden increase of RES. Polish society is also not prepared for bearing high costs, which are connected with this. The development of renewable energy in Germany is charged at a cost of 1,000 euros per household. Poland cannot afford it. The development of renewable energy will have to be evolutionary and we plan it anyway – announced the Minister of Energy.

Tchórzewski stipulated that Poland’s energy security depends on working on coal technologies to increase their efficiency. – You can see that we get very good results here, which transfer into a systematic reduction of emission in Poland. Energy transformation will be favored by the development of nuclear energy after 2030. We want to launch the first nuclear block by 2033. We will increase the share of gas in the energy sector, hence the expansion of the LNG terminal and the construction of the Baltic Pipe. The PEP 2040 consultations enjoyed quite a broad interest. Most of comments to PEP 2040 concerned specific issues, but there were also comments that we took seriously into account, for example about energy efficiency relations. Our electricity consumption may be lower than we originally assumed – he said.

Attempts to the closest auctions indicate that onshore wind energy will exist until 2040. Energy transformation requires investment in generation capacity, distribution networks, warehouses. This creates opportunities for development for Polish regions, enterprises and the entire economy. Following the PEP2040 we have prepared a Plan for Energy and Climate, which we presented to the European Commission. In 2019 auctions will be announced for 3.5 GW of new wind power, which means that 10 GW of these sources will be installed in the system. There are many indications that fears that we will not achieve the RES target are weakening and we will deal with this problem. We introduce comments to PEP2040, we will present an assessment of the impact on the environment. These are final works – said Minister Tchórzewski

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Polish Briefing: The energy sector reaches for gas. „We want more than 27 bcm annually” https://biznesalert.com/wozniak-pgnig-ekg-eec-2019-gas/ https://biznesalert.com/wozniak-pgnig-ekg-eec-2019-gas/#respond Tue, 14 May 2019 07:00:47 +0000 http://biznesalert.com/?p=3272 What goes on in Poland on the 14th of May. The energy sector reaches for gas. „We want more than 27 bcm annually” The energy sector reaches for gas for various reasons, the more important are the goals of the PGNiG Group. The risk of gas supplies from the east has always been high, and […]

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What goes on in Poland on the 14th of May.

The energy sector reaches for gas. „We want more than 27 bcm annually”

The energy sector reaches for gas for various reasons, the more important are the goals of the PGNiG Group. The risk of gas supplies from the east has always been high, and following governments did not want to accumulate these fears – said  the CEO of PGNiG Piotr Woźniak at the 11th European Economic Congress.

PGNiG’s CEO admitted that the company was working a bit longer on its strategy, but at the time PEP2040 had not yet been published. – After the publication of PEP2040, we did not find any contradiction between our strategy and the government’s plans. The fact that such a document is needed is undisputed to us, although what we have found there is beyond our ambition. In 2040, 27 billion cubic meters of gas will be consumed in Poland and we would like it to be much more – said Woźniak.

– The energy sector reaches for gas for various reasons, the more important are the goals of the PGNiG Group. The risk of gas supplies from the east has always been high, and following governments did not want to accumulate these fears. This is not about the direction, but about partners. Now we can plan much easier. Whoever claims that Poland is independent of gas supplies is mistaken; we do not have enough sources to be independent. We must have reliable business partners, and we partly have them. After 2022, our situation will be much better, because then our contract with Gazprom expires. From now on, LNG will be imported to Świnoujście, we are building a gas pipeline, first of all they will be Norwegian sources. We gain new concessions in the North Sea. We want to pump that gas to the Baltic Pipe – said Woźniak.

– Everyone makes corrections in the strategy, even though its goals are timeless. The terms are faint and the goals should be implemented. The strategy will not need to be radically changed after we leave the office to our successors. When it comes to gas extraction in the country, we did not expect that we would face such difficulties when receiving a concession. We control these deposits fully, there is no reason for any interruption in supplies. Therefore, breaks in the granting of concessions are unacceptable. We expect the parliament to organize the concession issues so that they are unambiguous for all companies – said the president of PGNiG Piotr Woźniak.

 

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