Polish Briefing 19 April, 2021 9:00 am   

Polish Briefing: Poland will save coal to avoid energy shortages | New energy law adopted


What goes on in Poland on the 19th of April.

Poland will save coal to avoid energy shortages

“Coal-fired power plants will be a source of security of supply for a long time. It is obvious that they have to stay in the system in order to ensure the country’s energy security, and so that a generation gap does not arise. The simulation shows that without our actions, the electricity bill paid by the average Pole in 10 years would be higher by about PLN 250 per year,” Jacek Sasin, Deputy Prime Minister and Minister of State Assets, said in an interview with “We want to complete the process of separating coal assets and launching NABE (National Agency of Energy Security – ed.) next year. The process of transforming the energy industry is scheduled for many years to come,” he added.

New energy law adopted

Last week, the Sejm amended the provisions of the Energy Law, which include the creation of CSIRE, i.e. a central information system for the energy market, and the introduction a schedule for the installation of smart energy meters. 443 MPs supported the amendment, three were against, and no one abstained from voting.
“The solutions proposed by the Ministry of Climate and Environment in the draft amendment to the Energy Law, which were unanimously adopted by the Sejm, are the result of many years of expert work, and a series of consultations and arrangements with the energy sector. They improve and digitize the Polish energy sector, adjusting national regulations to EU law,” Michał Kurtyka, Minister of Climate and Environment, said.

“The proposal, supported by as many as 443 votes in the Sejm yesterday, offers a package of solutions eliminating legal barriers to the development of electricity storage in Poland,” Minister Kurtyka explained.

“Most importantly, however, the new regulations are comprehensively beneficial for all energy recipients: consumers, energy storage and energy companies, as well as for the National Power System,” Kurtyka emphasized.