Polish Briefing 2 November, 2021 12:30 pm   

Polish Briefing: Morawiecki at COP26 | Amendment to RES act will curb PV development


What goes on in Poland on the 2nd of November.

Morawiecki at COP26: I respect the climate policy, but the most important thing is the Polish economy

“For me, increasing salaries of Poles and lowest possible unemployment are the basic criteria of economic policy. Everything else is very important, but secondary, including the energy and climate policy of the European Union. I respect it very much, but for me the most important thing is the Polish economy and Polish society,” said the Prime Minister of the Republic of Poland on the first day of the COP26 climate summit in Glasgow.

“Without the proper participation of the largest economies in the world, we will not have an energy transformation at all. Europe is only responsible for eight percent of GHG emissions. The dialogue in Glasgow is extremely important. I talked with the Prime Minister of Australia and others about sudden increase in gas prices and changes in the energy markets,” said Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki.

“Changes in gas prices confirm our fears. Today, the Yamal gas pipeline could be used to increase gas transmission to Europe. Why is it not doing that? Because Russia uses gas pipelines as blackmail. It uses the Nord Stream gas pipeline as an element of pressure and price dictate. We experience this in Western Europe and the European Union. We can see that what Russia has planned is being implemented,” Morawiecki said. “We were right to warn against Nord Stream 2. Unfortunately, today this gas pipeline is becoming a reality. It is worth emphasizing once again that the price dictate is not necessary. Gas pipelines through Poland and Ukraine are still available, but unfortunately still not full,” he added.

The renewable energy amendment will reduce the attractiveness of photovoltaics

The Sejm amended the Act on Renewable Energy Sources, introducing regulations regarding collective and virtual prosumers, but also removing, as of April 2022, discounts that ensured higher profitability of PV installations.
426 deputies voted on the amendments, 10 were against and four abstained. The amendment will enter into force on February 1, 2022. It will remove discounts in favor of a solution called net billing as of April 1, 2022. This solution is in line with the RED II directive and favors the interests of electricity grid operators who have so far incurred the costs of stabilizing RES.