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Wind Power News: Poland


These news and opinion items are gathered by National Wind Watch to help keep readers informed about developments related to industrial wind energy. They do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch. They are the products of and owned by the organizations or individuals noted and are shared here according to “fair use” and “fair dealing” provisions of copyright law.

January 24, 2023 • PolandPrint storyE-mail story

WindEurope urges lawmakers to allow turbines closer to homes

The lower house of the Polish parliament, the Sejm, this week will vote on a government proposal to water down a damaging ‘10H’ distance rule for onshore wind, which since it came into effect in 2016 has excluded most of the country’s territory from new projects. Industry lobby WindEurope has called upon lawmakers to approve a proposal for a minimum distance between wind turbines and residential buildings of 500 metres, which is in line with other European countries. The currently . . . Complete story »

July 9, 2022 • PolandPrint storyE-mail story

Poland looks to ease rules blocking development of onshore wind power

The Polish cabinet adopted legislation easing rules on the development of wind farms, as the country aims to boost its installed capacity and diversify energy supplies. Wind development in Poland has been stalled since 2016 by rules that require a minimum distance of 10 times the height of an onshore wind power plant between the farm and residential buildings, in practice blocking new projects. Under the revised rules, a minimum distance between a wind farm and a residential building would . . . Complete story »

October 9, 2018 • PolandPrint storyE-mail story

Poland will not subsidise offshore wind – minister

Poland will not provide support for the construction of offshore wind farms instead expecting the fall in the cost of technology to incentivise new build, its minister for energy infrastructure Piotr Naimski said on Monday. “Poland simply cannot afford [offshore wind subsidies], Naimski told Polish Press Agency. Two firms, Polenergia and PGE plan to build a total of 2.3 GW of wind capacity off the coast of Poland’s by 2025. PGE plans an additional 1.5 GW by 2030, while refiner . . . Complete story »

August 18, 2016 • PolandPrint storyE-mail story

Poland brings wind works to standstill with $131 million at risk

Poland’s law restricting the proximity of turbines near homes is bringing the wind-energy industry to a standstill, according to environmental researchers. At stake are more than 500 million zloty ($131.4 million) spent by investors to date on developing wind projects, according to a survey published on the website of Ambiens sp. z o.o. Environmental consultants last month polled developers of 1,008 turbines with planned capacity of at least 2 gigawatts, according to the researcher. “The new bill practically makes it . . . Complete story »

August 8, 2016 • PolandPrint storyE-mail story

Acts modifying RES support system and limiting wind turbine locations introduced

Two acts introducing significant amendments to the renewable energy support scheme and establishing major limitations on the location of wind farms were recently passed by Parliament and signed by the president: the Act Amending the Renewable Energy Sources (RES) Act (925/2016) – the Amendment Act for short – entered into force on July 1 2016 apart from certain provisions which will come into force at a later date; and the Act on Investments in Wind Power Plants (961/2016) entered into force . . . Complete story »

May 23, 2016 • PolandPrint storyE-mail story

Poland adopts limits on where wind farms can be built

Poland has adopted a new law banning construction of wind farms close to dwellings and hiking project costs in a move which the industry says could hobble Poland’s move to renewables and away from coal. Wind farms must be built at a distance from housing of at least 10 times the height of the turbine, or about 1.5 to 2 km, under the law which was adopted by the lower house of parliament on Friday. The new regulations will also . . . Complete story »

April 18, 2016 • PolandPrint storyE-mail story

Bill threatens Polish wind power, warns industry

Poland’s thriving wind energy industry has warned that it faces bankruptcies, rapid divestment and an end to growth under a bill that threatens executives with prison. The wind power sector in Poland installed the largest amount of turbine capacity in the EU last year after Germany, taking total industry investment to €8bn. Turbines, including those owned by EDF, RWE and Eon, produce about 13 per cent of the country’s electricity. But proposals submitted to parliament by the ultraconservative rightwing administration . . . Complete story »

March 11, 2016 • PolandPrint storyE-mail story

New law threatens wind power in Poland

"Geothermal energy will definitely be a priority of this government," Environment Minister Jan Szyszko said recently. "In this we see a chance to meet the air quality norms in big urban municipalities," he said. "The situation is completely different with wind farms, which destroy the landscape, are alien to Poland's cultural heritage and harmful to natural reserves." Complete story »

March 3, 2016 • PolandPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farms now come with the threat of jail

One of Europe’s most promising markets for renewable energy is being threatened by legislation that would impose new fees and potential jail terms for operators of wind farms, an industry lobby group said. Poland’s governing Law and Justice Party is proposing laws that would require new turbines to be situated away from homes, schools and natural reserves at a distance of more than 10-times their height. That would be about 1.5 kilometers (0.9 miles), according to data compiled by Bloomberg . . . Complete story »

March 3, 2016 • PolandPrint storyE-mail story

Bill raises wind farm operation costs in Poland, lifts turbine distance rule

Poland installed 1.27 GW of new turbines in 2015, making it the second largest wind power market in Europe last year, but the start of 2016 brought new challenges for wind investments in the country. A proposal for obligatory permit renewal for new and existing wind farm operators every two years has been submitted in late February by the right-wing Law and Justice Party. The cost of securing new permits from the Office of Technical Inspection will raise markedly the . . . Complete story »

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