Polish Briefing 25 September, 2017 9:00 am   
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Polish Briefing: Poland needs a new energy strategy

What goes on in Poland on the 25th of September.

Maćkowiak-Pandera: Poland needs a new energy strategy

Certain technology changes will determine decision making. We need a new energy strategy that will help manage the change – said dr. Joanna Maćkowiak-Pandera, president of Energy forum at presentation of report „Polish energy sector in 2050. 4 scenarios. Economic, social and environmental effects of decisions” written by Energy Forum and WiseEuropa.

In her opinion, energy strategy should take all challenges faced by the sector into consideration. She also marked that such a document is crucial from the whole economy development’s point of view. – In order to create new working places, we will have to know how and in which direction we are going to develop – said dr. Maćkowiak-Pander. – A certain energy model is up to end. We do not know what it will be, but it seems like a lot of things are going on. The main conclusion in our analysis is that Poland needs diversification of production sources – said dr. Maćkowiak-Pandera.

Kukiz’15: Poland should not quit buying Russian gas

The problem of Law and Justice that all energy politics and security is understood by independence to Russia. Diversification should be security which means possibility to reach out energy from different sources and russian sources as well – said deputy Jakub Kulesza on TVN24. He is a spokesman of Kukiz’15 asked about if an assessment of forerunner of head of polish diplomacy about resignation of buying gas from Russia until 2022 is a good plan.

– Recently we had a possibility basically to import gas in so-called free German market of Russian feedstock. That possibility has been taken by implementation of regulation which hold down an independent supplier, independent from PGNiG gas supplies to Poland. It heads to limitation of free market and and make us not buy any gas from Russia at all – said the politician.

Referring to Waszczykowski’s words, Kukiz’15 the deputy said: – We know well that gas from Kuwait is the most expensive. We do not buy gas from the USA, and Baltic Pipe construction is not yet sure. I have an impression that minister Waszczykowski thinks wishfully.

It is though worth noting that Poland buys gas from Qatar, not Kuwait. In March 2017 PGNiG signed a deal with QatarGas an additional long-term deal. It is also worth stressing that Poland does not import LNG from the USA due to a long-term deal, but it has already received the first spot delivery.

Tchórzewski on capacity market: We reached a consensus with the EC

We should reach an agreement with the European Commission about capacity market until the end of September – said the minister of energy Krzysztof Tchórzewski. The bill project dropped off parliament’s working schedule last week.

– We have made additional agreements with the European Commission – this is how minister Tchórzewski explained in a interview for the Polish Press Agency why the first reading of the project had been called off.

Vice-minister of energy Andrzej Piotrowski said to journalists that the ministry would like the project that the Sejm works on to be as close to the final version as possible. – The Commission does not have the last word in this case, but we would like to have a feeling that the dialogue with the EC on technical and special conditions has reached consensus – the vice-minister explained.

Germany will not fulfill its environmental goals

Germany will not be able to fulfill its earlier renewable energy production goals, as well as carbon dioxide reduction – claims German Renewable Energy Federation BEE. According to it, in spite of major investments, reaching 18 per cent of renewables’ part in energy mix until 2020 will not be possible.

The organization claims that renewable energy sector will be able to provide 16 per cent of energy demand in Germany. In April, BEE estimated 16,7 per cent. This factor has been though updated due to rising consumption in transport sector and heating in the first half year.

Germany will also be unable to fulfill its CO2 emission goals until 2020. In 2020, instead of estimated 40 per cent of emissions compared with 1990, this level will drop to only 30 per cent.