BiznesAlert EN https://biznesalert.com ENERGY INFRASTRUCTURE ENIVRONMENT Tue, 18 Sep 2018 10:00:20 +0000 en-US hourly 1 https://wordpress.org/?v=4.9.8 PKEE: Photovoltaic panels on the waves https://biznesalert.com/pkee-energa-solar-panels/ https://biznesalert.com/pkee-energa-solar-panels/#respond Tue, 18 Sep 2018 10:00:20 +0000 http://biznesalert.com/?p=2451 Energa Wytwarzanie has started a year-long pilot project of photovoltaic panel installation on the water – the first panels were installed on the reservoir at the hydroelectric plant in Łapina. If the results of the pilot programme prove to be satisfactory, the company management will consider the possibility of a broader application of such solutions […]

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Energa Wytwarzanie has started a year-long pilot project of photovoltaic panel installation on the water – the first panels were installed on the reservoir at the hydroelectric plant in Łapina. If the results of the pilot programme prove to be satisfactory, the company management will consider the possibility of a broader application of such solutions in the future.

Energa Wytwarzanie investigates the potential of a solar farm with PV panels placed on the water. The company has begun piloting this solution on the reservoir at the hydroelectric power plant in Łapina. This is the first such solution in Poland. Floating photovoltaic power plants are located in many places around the world. Most installations of this type are built in the Far East – in China, South Korea and Japan. According to the analysis of the use of this technology in the world, moving the PV panels to water significantly increases the amount of electricity produced. Due to the fact that atmospheric conditions in Poland differ significantly from countries in which floating PVs are popular, it seems to be reasonable to check whether such a system will improve the efficiency of photovoltaic installations in our climate.

Panels placed on a structure floating on a body of water solve several problems of photovoltaics that affect the efficiency of the entire installation. It is mainly about the temperature rise of PV modules and dirt depositing on their surface. The period from May to September, the most effective in terms of solar radiation in Poland, are also the months with the highest average air temperature and the largest pollen levels. Placing the installation on the water should allow for better cooling of the PV modules, which should translate into an increase in their efficiency. In addition, there is much less dust and pollen over the water reservoirs, so the panels will stay cleaner. Thanks to this, they should produce more electricity compared to the panels installed on the ground.

“The Energa Group has an innovation strategy for 2017-2020 with a 2025+ perspective. Our companies as well as research and development units are excellent facilities for developing innovative solutions and improving the technologies – says Alicja Barbara Klimiuk, acting President of the Management Board of Energa SA. “The energy production technology we are currently testing is another proof that we are still working on optimising renewable energy production facilities. If the results of the pilot are satisfactory, then we will implement this type of solution on a larger scale. Investments in the area of innovation are one of the key activities of our Business Lines. Energa’s expenditures on research and development will systematically grow up to 2.5% of EBITDA in 2025. Innovative solutions build the company’s competitive advantage and increase its shareholder value. Energa allocates PLN 40 million annually on average for R&D.”

The company is testing a multi-kW installation. Pilot studies are to confirm the usefulness of floating solar farms in Polish climatic conditions. Tests will continue in changing weather conditions for twelve months.

“We want to test the operation of the installation during all seasons – especially in winter when icing occurs” – says Katarzyna Serdeczna, project manager at Energa Wytwarzanie SA. “The experience of other countries indicates an over 10 percent energy efficiency increase resulting from the cooling effect of water and reduction of dirt. What’s more, the increased efficiency of the panels in part comes also from the reflection of sunlight from the water surface. In addition, floating solar farms can also be equipped with solar tracking systems positioning the panels the optimal position in relation to the Sun. This can increase the amount of electricity generated by up to 20%.

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US ambassador flags US LNG as “helpful” to German energy transition https://biznesalert.com/usa-lng-germany-energiewende/ https://biznesalert.com/usa-lng-germany-energiewende/#respond Tue, 18 Sep 2018 09:00:32 +0000 http://biznesalert.com/?p=2449 Europe and Germany should “share in America’s abundance” and cooperate with the US in energy policy by buying natural gas from America, the US ambassador to Germany, Richard Grenell, writes together with US deputy secretary of energy Dan Brouillette in a guest article in the Handelsblatt. “Governments throughout Europe have been seeking reliable – and […]

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Europe and Germany should “share in America’s abundance” and cooperate with the US in energy policy by buying natural gas from America, the US ambassador to Germany, Richard Grenell, writes together with US deputy secretary of energy Dan Brouillette in a guest article in the Handelsblatt.

“Governments throughout Europe have been seeking reliable – and diversified – sources of energy ” to ensure supply security and try to make sure “that no one country or corporation can disproportionately influence millions of Europeans,” the authors say. “The US is capable of supplying LNG, for the benefit of Germans and all Europeans,” they write, adding that liquefied natural gas (LNG) “is an ideal companion to renewables” that could bridge times of low solar and wind power output. Grenell and Brouillette stress that “America remains committed to transparent, fair, and open markets,” that their country “fully embraces the western economic system,” and that it is ready to compete with other, “more opaque suppliers.”

Source: CleanEnergyWire

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The Three Seas summit will be about the money https://biznesalert.com/three-seas-initiative-summit/ https://biznesalert.com/three-seas-initiative-summit/#respond Tue, 18 Sep 2018 08:00:04 +0000 http://biznesalert.com/?p=2447 The next summit of the Three Seas attracted so much attention, because this time there will be a serious conversation about money for Central and Eastern Europe. Will there be a declaration of co-financing from the USA? Will the Americans introduce sanctions against Nord Stream 2? – writes Wojciech Jakóbik, editor-in-chief of BiznesAlert.pl. Three Seas […]

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The next summit of the Three Seas attracted so much attention, because this time there will be a serious conversation about money for Central and Eastern Europe. Will there be a declaration of co-financing from the USA? Will the Americans introduce sanctions against Nord Stream 2? – writes Wojciech Jakóbik, editor-in-chief of BiznesAlert.pl.

Three Seas Fund

The summit of the Three Seas Initiative in Bucharest, the capital of Romania, is taking place on 17 and 18 September. The head of the office of the President of the Republic of Poland, Krzysztof Szczerski, announced the creation of the Three Seas fund and a list of joint priority projects of the Initiative.

The Polish Press Agency states that during the Three Seas Business Forum, two documents will be signed: a declaration on the establishment of a network of chambers of commerce, the Three Seas Business Council, and a letter of intent regarding the creation of the Three Seas Fund. The cooperation is to take place in three areas: transport, energy and digitalisation.

Competition for the European Union?

After Bucharest, the Polish President will go to Washington to represent the Three Seas countries in talks on business cooperation. According to BiznesAlert.pl information, US diplomacy is to make a significant declaration on co-financing regional projects at the summit of the Three Seas. Perhaps it was the engagement of the Americans that made Germany apply for membership in the initiative.

The Germans intend to ensure that the Three Seas will not threaten the position of the European Commission in the past flooding Central and Eastern Europe with funds. It is worth recalling that there is already a list of priority projects in Europe, for example the LNG terminal in Świnoujście or the Baltic Pipe gas pipeline. The Americans can declare financial support for the development of the infrastructure with the use of the Three Seas fund. In Bucharest, energy secretary Rick Perry will be present. It will turn out who gives more.

– We can not forget that it will be impossible to succeed in the plans of the Three Seas without the EU and the United States. On the other hand, we know that the success of the Initiative will also bring tangible benefits to the Union, the USA and the entire Euro-Atlantic space. For this reason, we are very pleased with the fact of such a large group of EU and US representatives in Bucharest – said Krzysztof Szczerski quoted by PAP.

The Three Seas Initiative, depending on the development of the situation, may act reintegrating or disintegrating into the European Union. It can stop the process of creating a Europe of many speeds, or strengthen the regionalization of European policy. The US business engagement may bind the country more tightly with the region of Central and Eastern Europe despite problems in transatlantic relations, similar to the initiative of the Eastern Flank of NATO. Americans can declare financial support for the Three Seas fund and specific projects of common interest.

Not against Europe

The possible anti-European initiatives of Donald Trump’s administration should not be exceeded for Poles. The Three Seas cooperation should not aim to create a “conservative alternative” for Europe, which I wrote about in BiznesAlert.pl. Optimists expect that in Bucharest, US sanctions will be announced against participants in the contested Nord Stream 2 project. Although in my opinion this is unlikely, if the price for this declaration would be Poland’s involvement in initiatives breaking European integration, it would be too high.

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COP24 to produce a rulebook to the Paris Agreement https://biznesalert.com/cop24-bangkok-paris-agreement/ https://biznesalert.com/cop24-bangkok-paris-agreement/#respond Mon, 17 Sep 2018 09:00:59 +0000 http://biznesalert.com/?p=2441 It is “feasible” that the UN climate summit in Katowice in December (COP24) will produce an agreement on implementation guidelines (also called rulebook or work programme) to the Paris Climate Agreement, Germany’s negotiator Nicole Wilke from the environment ministry has told journalists. At the conclusion of a preparatory meeting held in Bangkok, Wilke said that […]

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It is “feasible” that the UN climate summit in Katowice in December (COP24) will produce an agreement on implementation guidelines (also called rulebook or work programme) to the Paris Climate Agreement, Germany’s negotiator Nicole Wilke from the environment ministry has told journalists.

At the conclusion of a preparatory meeting held in Bangkok, Wilke said that some parts of the text, which is to define the rules for countries to measure and report emissions, climate action, adaptation to climate change and climate finance, were already “very mature,” while others, particularly those concerning reporting on climate change mitigation, still reflected diverging views. The German delegation also expects the COP in Katowice to prompt member states to start taking stock of their current climate actions and raise their ambition to reduce global warming to well below 2°C, as set out in the Paris Agreement of 2015.

NGO Germanwatch said that one of the reasons why negotiations weren’t making faster progress was divergent approaches to the issue of climate finance. In order to ensure success in Katowice, “industrialised countries must provide for reliable climate finance so that climate change mitigation and adaptation to climate change become possible worldwide,” Germanwatch team leader for international climate policy Rixa Schwarz said.

Ministry of Evironment and Nature protection and nuclear safety of Germany/Germanwatch/CleanEnergyWire

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The Visegrad Group contribution to European security – a summary of the conference https://biznesalert.com/visegrad-group-v4-security-warsaw-institute/ https://biznesalert.com/visegrad-group-v4-security-warsaw-institute/#respond Mon, 17 Sep 2018 08:00:52 +0000 http://biznesalert.com/?p=2434 On September 10, 2018, Warsaw Institute in cooperation with the International Visegrad Fund and think tanks from Central and Eastern Europe organized an international conference. Diplomats, experts specialising in international affairs and security as well as representatives of business and media gathered at the conference. Topics such as security dimensions in the Visegrad Group, the […]

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On September 10, 2018, Warsaw Institute in cooperation with the International Visegrad Fund and think tanks from Central and Eastern Europe organized an international conference.

Diplomats, experts specialising in international affairs and security as well as representatives of business and media gathered at the conference. Topics such as security dimensions in the Visegrad Group, the impact of V4 on other European Union countries and the future of relations in the Central European region in the context of current world events and changes in the international order were discussed. The event became a unique opportunity to exchange views on the most important challenges in the V4 and EU region in the current decade.

The President of Warsaw Institute, Krzysztof Kamiński, opened the conference and presented its main topics, highlighting the importance of the discussion on security issues in Central and Eastern Europe. Then the President introduced the foreign partners of the conference: the European Values Think-Tank (the Czech Republic), the Slovak Security Policy Institute (Slovakia) and the Századvég School of Politics (Hungary).

The opening speech was delivered by Maciej Małecki, the Member of the Polish Parliament and Chairman of the Sejm Energy and Treasury Committee. In his speech, the Chairman stressed the importance of friendly relations between the Visegrad countries and the necessity to vote together on the European arena. The Chairman discussed the strategic dimensions of security in the Visegrad Group. He stressed the significance of unity, which can be observed in the context of the approach to migration policy. The Visegrad countries should coherently object to the forced relocation of refugees and the strengthening of the EU’s external borders. The following topic covered the approach to energy policy, including the strategy towards Nord Stream 2. Maciej Małecki emphasised that the key challenge for the Visegrad countries is the diversification of energy resources, the development of projects such as the North-South Corridor or the Baltic Pipe, the latter being extremely strategic from the Polish perspective. Next, the issue of defence policy was addressed. The Chairman stressed the key role of countries in increasing military capabilities and cooperation in the field of activities of the V4 military forces.

The first session, The Impact of Uncontrolled Migration Movements on Internal Security in the European Union, was led by Norbert Arok from the Századvég Foundation (Hungary). The issues of migration policy were discussed by the following experts: Norbert Tóth from the National University of Public Service (Hungary), Viktor Marsai from the Migration Research Institute (Hungary) and Tamás Péter Baranyi from the Antall József Knowledge Center (Hungary).During the discussion, threats resulting from uncontrolled migration movements in Europe were highlighted. Migration movements, which have been observed for several years, became a major threat to European identity and integration. The experts emphasized the significant impact of solidarity between the Visegrad countries on this policy and stressed the need to vote together on the forum of the European Union. It was noticed that the so-called Old Union countries impose a certain narrative on V4 countries on the approach to migration policy. The goal should be to achieve a common compromise between all 28 EU members.

The second session, Disinformation – Manipulation Methods, Neutralization and Consequences, was led by Radko Hokovský, the Founder and the long-term Director of the European Values Think-Tank (the Czech Republic). The experts discussed the following issues: the threats resulting from a spreading information war in Europe, the dangers of undesirable information proliferation, or the role of social media in the present times. The main topics were brought closer by speakers: Wojciech Kuchta from the Safe Cyberspace Foundation (Poland), Katarina Tracz from Free World Think-Tank (Sweden) and Professor Cécile Vaissié from Université Rennes 2 (France). The case of the Russian Federation which is particularly active in the spread of untrue information in European countries was discussed. It was noted that the Russians do not create new problems, but use European weaknesses. The attacks take place primarily through the use of internal disputes and warming up the temperature of political discussions, thus directly affecting the destabilization of countries, governments or even international organizations.

The third panel, Effective Defense Spending: R & D, Acquisitions and Modernization, was devoted to military cooperation in the V4 group. It was moderated by the Security Program Director, Juraj Krupa, from the Slovak Security Policy Institute (Slovakia). The experts discussed about the role of international organizations, such as NATO, in ensuring security in the Visegrad region. The need to develop a new format of joint military exercises under the V4 and the modernization of national armies, with the cooperation of national armaments sectors was highlighted. It was emphasized that the countries of the Visegrad Group have much greater defense potential when they are united. The speakers of the third panel were: Gergely Nemeth, Doctor in War Studies (Hungary), Marian Majer from the Ministry of Defense of Slovakia, Petr Bohacek from the Association for International Affairs (Slovakia) and Radko Hokovský from the European Vaules Think Tank (Czech Republic).

The last session, Activities of the Visegrad Group in the Context of the European Security, was led by Professor Tomasz Grzegorz Grosse from the University of Warsaw (Poland), who indicated that the Visegrad countries should seek to work out common levels of cooperation in the security context. The Professor emphasized that Europe is in a deep crisis, which should bring together all the countries of the region in order to effectively influence decisions made at the EU forum.

Aleksandra Rybińska, the member of the board of the Polish-German Cooperation Foundation and the expert at Warsaw Institute (Poland), analyzed the current situation on the European arena, pointing out that V4 countries are dealing with German-French domination, which should lead the Visegrad Group members to an effective response and solidarity in the region. Professor Andrzej Zybertowicz (Poland), Marcin Kędzierski from the Jagiellonian Club (Poland) and PhD Piotr Bajda from Cardinal Stefan Wyszyński University in Warsaw (Poland) also took part in the panel. The experts addressed the topic of leadership in the Visegrad Group, marking the role of Poland as the natural leader of the organization. However, significant differences in the perception of the topic from the perspective of each Visegrad country were stressed. Dichotomy associated with a different perspective has a negative impact on the Group’s cohesion, and hence, the possibility of real influence on other countries and decisions taken at the EU level. During the discussion, the issues of the Three Seas initiative as a new concept of cooperation in the region, were widely discussed, which supported by good practices and Visegrad cooperation, can expand the sphere of security in the region of Central and Eastern Europe. It was emphasized that the solidarity of the Visegrad Group does not deny the active participation of its members in the European Union, but only strengthens the voice of our region in Europe.

The Warsaw Institute

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Jesień: The potential of Three Seas Initiative in energy sector (ANALYSIS) https://biznesalert.com/three-seas-initiative-energy-ceep/ https://biznesalert.com/three-seas-initiative-energy-ceep/#respond Mon, 17 Sep 2018 07:30:35 +0000 http://biznesalert.com/?p=2439 The third summit of the Three Seas Initiative will be held on the 17th and 18th of September 2018 in Bucharest. After meetings in Croatia, 2016, and Poland, 2017, leaders of 12 Central European states will gather on the shores of the Black Sea to further empower their cooperation. Interestingly, for the first time, Germany […]

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The third summit of the Three Seas Initiative will be held on the 17th and 18th of September 2018 in Bucharest. After meetings in Croatia, 2016, and Poland, 2017, leaders of 12 Central European states will gather on the shores of the Black Sea to further empower their cooperation.

Interestingly, for the first time, Germany and high level EU officials will participate in the summit. Thus, Three Seas Initiative enters into the EU’s political and economic mainstream.
The ambition of the Three Seas Initiative is to enhance infrastructure coherence to the loosely economically related region of Central and South-Eastern Europe. This goal translates into development of energy, transport, and digital infrastructure corridors between the countries of the region, thereby increasing the interconnectivity of the entire area stretching from Estonia in the North to Croatia and Bulgaria in the South. Both symbolically and economically the objective hits the mark.

Enhanced coherence of the region and subsequent coherence of the European Union is a worthy idea. Development of infrastructure is not the goal in its own terms. The investments will result in expanding business opportunities, fostering growth and higher economic resilience. For years, development of connection along the North – South axis have been neglected. Activating this potential is of great value, which Three Seas Initiative offers to its participants.

What is particularly promising is the energy dimension of the project. It exemplifies the gains the project may bring. There are different challenges for both the electricity and gas sectors in CEE. The common answer to solve them, however, is interconnectivity and more regional cooperation.
Central Europe’s gas transport infrastructure is still predominantly oriented along the East-West and East-South directions. In recent years we have experienced several positive developments concerning construction of LNG terminals in Poland and Lithuania, and several systemic interconnectors necessary for the full use of the EU’s security of gas supply mechanisms. On the other hand, the region still largely remains dependent on imports of Russian gas. The situation is both politically and economically risky as it allows Gazprom to enjoy the position of dominant supplier. This outlook might become even gloomier if the pipeline Nord Stream 2 is constructed. It would result in incremental obsolescence of the Ukrainian transit route and a changed pattern of gas flow in Europe. Gas supplied to several Central and South Eastern European states would have to be delivered from a western direction, eventually clogging the interconnectors that would limit access to the spot markets and hubs and thus consolidate Gazprom’s grip on the entire region.

Three Seas Initiative in energy could be understood in its scope to cover such flagship projects as the North-South Gas Corridor, Northern Gate (Baltic pipe and extension of LNG terminal), or BRUA pipeline, all of which offer real diversification of supply to both the region and all participating countries. Steady development of the North-South Corridor shows that, in case of cross-border projects, high level political support is indispensable. The development of liquid and healthy national gas markets requires different balanced sources of gas supply. According to the ACER Annual Report, none of the Central European states meet this criterion. Under the umbrella of Three Seas Initiative, it is possible to implement comprehensive diversification projects and take advantage of the growing global LNG market, possible exploitation of Romanian domestic gas deposits, and access Norwegian gas via the Northern Gate and Azeri gas via the Southern Gas Corridor and IGB. Increased interconnectivity is also a necessary condition for the intensification of the gas trade within the region, which should lead to the development of an integrated Central European gas market. The Three Seas Initiative could be a suitable platform to implement such an endeavor and create a more economically resilient region.

In the electricity sector, Central and South Eastern European states are confronted with an immense challenge of modernization of its power generation and transmission infrastructure. The EU imposes a strict framework of greenhouse emission reduction and required share of renewable energy targets. These conditions, especially when coupled with strong price signals of the EU Emission Trading System, limit possible choices concerning the development of a generation portfolio. It requires a profound adaptation for the region with still high share of fossil fuels in electricity production. However, as many studies prove, the cost of capital is much higher for the region than for the western part of the continent, and that hampers its development and poses risk of no compliance with higher RES targets.

Simultaneously, the currently negotiated new electricity market design legislation prioritizes stronger regional cooperation, be it establishment of Regional Coordination Centers, cross-border participation in capacity markets, or development of common RES projects. The coordinated development of infrastructure paves the way for better management of electricity flow within the region and more commercial exchanges, contributing to more competitive domestic markets. Furthermore, the sector of research and development and innovations can be another fruitful field of cooperation, combining resources and know-how of various regional players.

The annual Three Seas Initiative summits, which gather national leaders, provide impulses and the highest level of political support to better coordinate work on different levels – from both governments and businesses. I believe they provide necessary incentives to overcome possible bottlenecks and to mobilize support for common projects. One of the aims of the Bucharest Summit is to shortlist and prioritize major strategic projects in the energy field.

Within the last year we have seen incremental institutionalization of this Initiative. The Business Forum, whose first reunion is scheduled in Bucharest, may play an important role in bringing together representatives of businesses from the region and other interested countries and creating new business opportunities and partnerships across the region.

Central Europe Energy Partners is eager to play an important role in the functioning of the business forum. CEEP could become an operator of energy platform which would include companies, government representatives and other energy stakeholders from the region. The platform would serve as a facilitator of cooperation between different entities and as a place of forging the new ideas and projects, as well as the solution for encountered problems.

Moreover, Three Seas Initiative Fund will be established with the aim of being operational next year and with a budget of up to 5 billion EUR. Combined with the EU funds and EIB loans, it has the potential to make a real change on the ground and the entire project more attractive for participating states.

Three Seas Initiative is primarily an economic endeavor. It is a response to the identified deficiencies in the infrastructure system of Central and South Eastern European states and the long-standing problem of insufficient connectivity between them. Progress in this field would strengthen economic competitiveness and the resilience of the participating states and contribute to a more coherent and better connected European Union.

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Polish Briefing: A green light for the synchronization of the Baltic States https://biznesalert.com/baltic-states-synchronization-briefing/ https://biznesalert.com/baltic-states-synchronization-briefing/#respond Mon, 17 Sep 2018 07:00:38 +0000 http://biznesalert.com/?p=2432 What goes on in Poland on the 17th of September. There is a green light for the synchronization of the Baltic States The scenario of synchronization of the Baltic power grids with the continental Europe network has been approved. It allows submission of applications for the expansion of European networks and co-financing of the project. […]

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What goes on in Poland on the 17th of September.

There is a green light for the synchronization of the Baltic States

The scenario of synchronization of the Baltic power grids with the continental Europe network has been approved. It allows submission of applications for the expansion of European networks and co-financing of the project.

The group to prepare a plan for the expansion of interconnectors on the Baltic States energy market (BEMIP), which includes representatives of the Baltic States, Poland and the European Commission, approved the technical scenario prepared by experts of the Polish Institute of Power Engineering in Gdańsk.

This decision means that the synchronization scenario has finally been determined, which ends the more than four-year discussion on the subject. The Ministry of Energy of Lithuania said that this is a significant step for the formal connection of the Baltic Sea network to the European network.
– In close cooperation at all levels, not forgetting the long-term perspective, we strive to achieve the main goal of strengthening our energy security and becoming a full-fledged member of the European Union in energy – said the Prime Minister of Lithuania Saulius Skvernelis.

In June, the leaders of the Baltic states and representatives of Poland and the European Union signed an agreement on the final variant of the synchronization of power grids. It provides for further use of the existing LitPol Link connection and the location of a submarine cable at the bottom of the Baltic Sea.

The decision made today allows transmission grid operators in Poland and the Baltic States to submit a joint application to ENTSO-E for the extension of the European electricity grid by September 21st. You will have to wait for the answer for about a year. By 30 September, however, the regulators in Lithuania, Latvia and Estonia are to decide on the synchronization. Then, by October 11, the Lithuanian Litgrid, Latvian AST and Estonian Elering will submit a joint application for co-financing synchronization from the European Union’s Cohesion Fund with an amount of EUR 482 million.

According to plans, the whole process is to end in 2025.

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There is no deal RES system for Baltic Pipe. There is a better one https://biznesalert.com/poland-denmark-baltic-pipe-offshore-wind-farms/ https://biznesalert.com/poland-denmark-baltic-pipe-offshore-wind-farms/#respond Fri, 14 Sep 2018 09:00:53 +0000 http://biznesalert.com/?p=2426 The media wrongly circulates the thesis that Poland wants to do the deal Baltic Pipe for renewable energy – writes Wojciech Jakóbik, editor-in-chief of BiznesAlert.pl. The Polish-Danish conference in Copenhagen was entirely devoted to the promotion of the arguments for the Baltic Pipe gas pipeline. Nevertheless, the media came up with a thesis that it […]

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The media wrongly circulates the thesis that Poland wants to do the deal Baltic Pipe for renewable energy – writes Wojciech Jakóbik, editor-in-chief of BiznesAlert.pl.

The Polish-Danish conference in Copenhagen was entirely devoted to the promotion of the arguments for the Baltic Pipe gas pipeline. Nevertheless, the media came up with a thesis that it was about encouraging the Danes to invest in the prospect of investing in the Polish wind farm sector at sea. In the text about the offensive of the Baltic Pipe, I explained why Poland had to show a green face at the conference. The Danish government is already involved in the Baltic Pipe and it is not necessary to convince it, but Danish society opting for the development of clean energy can perceive the new gas pipeline as another solution using “dirty” fossil fuels.

That is why the minister of energy Krzysztof Tchórzewski and the government plenipotentiary for strategic energy infrastructure Piotr Naimski explained that Baltic Pipe will in fact contribute to the reduction of CO2 emissions in Poland and safe transformation using gas and Renewable Energy Sources. The Poles admitted that their energy transformation will be evolutionary due to the important role of coal, but safe thanks to Baltic Pipe, which will provide a stable source of supply.

– The availability of new sources and gas as a commodity, not an instrument of political pressure as in relations with Russia, will allow it to be used as an important element of our economy. Although it is a fossil fuel, it will allow us to reduce the emission of the economy and thus be an effective tool for the fight for clean air – said Tchórzewski.

In this way, the Poles presented the Baltic Pipe project to the Danish public as a tool for energy transformation, all on the eve of COP24 in Katowice. The one who attended the Copenhagen conference could observe how much attention of Danish journalists caught this aspect, not the energy security of their Polish colleagues.

The Danes have articulated clearly what Baltic Pipe will do for them. The increased use of the Danish transmission network will reduce tariffs, which will increase the profitability of biogas supplies. Denmark currently has six biogas plants, next year it will have seven. Deliveries from them are to complement the falling domestic production. In this way, the Danes will obtain gas from RES and not dirty fossil fuels, which thanks to Baltic Pipe will be more profitable. This is a clear business argument for participating in the project. In addition, it is also access to the gas market in Norway and Poland, which will translate into a drop in prices and a better offer for Danes.

Although the Norwegian Gassco was not active in the discussion, after asking me about the role of this operator, his representatives hurried to convince me that Norwegians are aboard the Baltic Pipe project, because the gas market in Poland has growth prospects. Statoil representatives spoke openly about it in 2015. This perspective was provided by Naimski’s representative, who assured that several new gas blocks will be built in the areas of RES concentration in the country in order to stabilize them. – We want to build a series of gas blocks – he assured. – We will not switch to gas, we will remain coal-based Poland – he assured.

He admitted that there is a potential for wind energy at sea in Poland. – By 2025-30 there will be a place for 10 GW wind farms close to the Polish coast. Our transmission network operator is working on a possible transmission network at sea near Poland, which will be able to connect all interested parties in the Baltic Sea. We need such a network. The Danes are interested, the Swedes too. Why not do it? – asked the attorney.

The condition of Denmark’s involvement in Polish offshore was set by the president of Orsted, the former DONG. When asked about concessions in the Baltic Sea, I replied that they are attractive, but to get involved, the company would have to know “how they will be included in energy supply in Poland”. This means that required by the European Commission by the end of the year. When the Poles declare themselves, the Danes will be able to risk their investments.

Therefore, there are no views on the RES system for Baltic Pipe, because the parties are involved in the new gas pipeline for many other important reasons now. In fact, however, there is the potential to deepen Polish-Danish cooperation, with a good start being the bus from Norway. Poles could cooperate with the Danish at RES, but not only. – We want to have a new industry sector in Poland. That is why we are interested in the latest technologies of batteries and other components of electrified transport. It is a great niche for cooperation – said Piotr Naimski in Copenhagen.

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Stępień: Baltic Pipe is key for Europe’s energy security https://biznesalert.com/gaz-system-stepien-baltic-pipe/ https://biznesalert.com/gaz-system-stepien-baltic-pipe/#respond Fri, 14 Sep 2018 08:00:01 +0000 http://biznesalert.com/?p=2428 The co-operation of Poland and Denmark on the energy security and the diversification of the directions of gas supplies in Central-Eastern Europe and in the Baltic Sea region, as well as low-emissions economy were the topics of the Ensuring Security of Supply and Green Energy Transition Denmark and Poland in the European Energy Union conference […]

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The co-operation of Poland and Denmark on the energy security and the diversification of the directions of gas supplies in Central-Eastern Europe and in the Baltic Sea region, as well as low-emissions economy were the topics of the Ensuring Security of Supply and Green Energy Transition Denmark and Poland in the European Energy Union conference that took place on 10 September 2018 in Copenhagen. The meeting with the participation of the representatives of the governments of both states was attended by the President of Gaz-System, Tomasz Stępień.

During the discussion panel entitled “Strengthening Europe’s Energy Security– the Role of Gas”, President Tomasz Stępień pointed out that the integration of the European gas market and the diversification of sources is essential to ensure the energy security of the European Union. He also stressed that the security considerations are especially important to Poland, and the countries of Central-East Europe and the Baltic Sea region.

“The concept of the Northern Gate, which is supposed to lead the change of the gas transmission axis in Europe from east-west to north-south is also the result of the experience associated with the crisis situations in the past. We know that they cannot repeat,” stressed the President of Gaz-System. “Therefore, as the Gaz-System Capital Group, we implement a comprehensive diversification programme understood as the direct access to gas sources, and the diversification of the routes and directions of gas supplies. In this context, the operation and the expansion of the LNG Terminal in Świnoujście and the implementation of the Baltic Pipe project are of core importance,” he stressed.“We would also like to interconnect the Central-East European markets to ensure that the suppliers and the customers have access to gas from different sources,” continued the President of Gaz-System. “Apart from the Baltic Pipe project, we are also building interconnectors with Czech Republic, Slovakia, Ukraine and Lithuania. These countries open further access to consecutive markets thanks to their own networks of interconnectors,” he assessed.

The Government Plenipotentiary for Strategic Energy Infrastructure, Piotr Naimski, pointed out that the Baltic Pipe – as a project ensuring the diversification of gas sources and the possibility to resign of the long-term Yamal contract – fits to the strategy of transformation of the Polish energy sector. “The Baltic Pipe is the best example of co-operation beneficial to all EU energy market players,” assessed Minister Naimski.

The Minister of Energy of Poland, Krzysztof Tchórzewski, who was also present in Copenhagen, stressed that the Baltic Pipe well fits to the energy policy of the state. “The Baltic Pipe project is mutually beneficial – it means the improvement of the security of supplies, economic benefits to the gas customers, and enables Poland to commence the process of energy transformation,” he stressed.

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Polish Briefing: The European Union is prolonging sanctions against Russia https://biznesalert.com/polish-briefing-the-european-union-is-prolonging-sanctions-against-russia/ https://biznesalert.com/polish-briefing-the-european-union-is-prolonging-sanctions-against-russia/#respond Fri, 14 Sep 2018 07:00:10 +0000 http://biznesalert.com/?p=2430 What goes on in Poland on the 14th of September. The European Union is prolonging sanctions against Russia The Council of the European Union extended individual sanctions imposed on Russian citizens and companies until March 15, 2019. This is a response to Russia’s actions in the east of Ukraine and the annexation of Crimea. At […]

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

The European Union is prolonging sanctions against Russia

The Council of the European Union extended individual sanctions imposed on Russian citizens and companies until March 15, 2019. This is a response to Russia’s actions in the east of Ukraine and the annexation of Crimea. At the same time, the EU Court of Justice ruled that the Union was entitled to impose sanctions on Russian companies.

– Restrictive measures have been extended due to actions taken to undermine or threaten the territorial integrity of Ukraine – reads the communiqué. The sanctions included 144 Russian citizens and 44 companies.

In March 2014, the European Union in response to Russia’s unlawful annexation of Crimea embraced the restrictions of Russian citizens who violated the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine. Brussels has repeatedly emphasized that it strongly supports the sovereignty and territorial integrity of Ukraine. Four years after the unlawful annexation of the Autonomous Republic of Crimea and the city of Sevastopol by the Russian Federation, the European Union reiterated that it does not recognize this act of violation of international law and continues to condemn it.

CJEU: Sanctions against Russian companies are legal

At the same time, the Court of Justice of the European Union rejected the lawsuit of Russian companies, including Rosneft, Gazprom Nieftu and Sberbank challenging the legal basis for imposing sanctions on them. The restrictions were imposed in connection with the Russian aggression to Ukraine and the illegal annexation of Crimea.

In an interview with the agency Interfax, Rosneft spokesman said that the company’s arguments were completely ignored by the Court. He emphasized that the company would continue to defend the interests of its shareholders, including the impact of sanctions.

In February 2015, the London court appealed to the Court after Rosneft appealed against restrictions on the company’s operations in the United Kingdom, resulting from sectoral sanctions adopted by the European Union in connection with the illegal annexation of Crimea by Russia.
According to Rosneft, the European Union imposed sanctions to remove Russia from the market and create additional obstacles to its activities. A spokesman for the company Mikhail Leontiev said that the European Council had no right to decide on the introduction of sanctions.

Russia feels the consequences of the sanctions for Crimea

Recall that the United States and the European Union imposed sanctions on Moscow and its companies in connection with Russian aggression to Ukraine and the illegal annexation of Crimea in 2014. They mainly covered the oil, banking and armaments sectors. The West has introduced a ban on cooperation, technology transfer and capital to the Russian oil industry in deep waters, unconventional deposits and in the Arctic.

The sanctions also affected the group led by Igor Sechin. Earlier, they prevented Rosneft from taking over Morgan Stanley’s oil business. Western sanctions meant that the Russian company had to suspend cooperation with the American ExxonMobil on projects on concessions in the Sea of ​​Łaptiewów, Karski and Czarna. In addition, due to sanctions, the company was forced to sell its shares in Italian refineries.

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