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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.

February 21, 2016 • Poland, Press releasesPrint storyE-mail story

Poland’s ombudsman stands up for the rights of residents living near wind farms

How can we help people who have wind turbines above their homes? Earlier this month Poland’s Commissioner for Human Rights (CHR) addressed this question to three competent Ministers, for the Environment, Infrastructure and Construction, and Health, demanding that the rights of people residing in the vicinity of wind farms be adequately protected. The official website of Poland’s CHR explains (in English) that: The Commissioner’s Office receives more and more letters from citizens complaining about a deterioration of their health due . . . Complete story »

December 19, 2015 • PolandPrint storyE-mail story

Polish wind farm sector faces uncertainty over new planning rules

Poland is considering a ban on building wind farms close to houses, a move the industry fears may block new investment in renewable energy sources and bolster coal’s role in the economy. Under European Union rules, Poland – which generates most of its electricity from highly polluting coal – has to produce 15 percent of its electricity from renewable sources by 2020 compared to around 12 percent now. Since 2005, installed wind farm capacity has risen from 83 megawatt (MW) . . . Complete story »

July 8, 2015 • Czech Republic, Germany, PolandPrint storyE-mail story

German push to expand green power overwhelms neighbors’ defenses

Poland and the Czech Republic are spending $180 million on equipment to protect their systems from German power surges, while Austria is curbing some trading to prevent regional networks from collapsing. On a windy day, the overflow east can exceed the output from four atomic reactors. Germany’s fivefold increase in green energy in the past decade has outpaced investment in power lines to move it across the country. Electricity is looping through Poland and the Czech Republic to reach southern . . . Complete story »

March 20, 2015 • PolandPrint storyE-mail story

Tauron terminates long-term deals with wind farm operators

PE PKH, a unit of power group Tauron, terminated long-term power and certificates of origin purchase agreements with 12 wind farm operators, citing the latters’ reluctance to re-negotiate the contracts in good faith, Tauron said in a market filing and a press statement. The termination comes after more than two years of attempts at getting wind farm operators to renegotiate the terms of the agreements, adjusting them to new conditions on the market of certificates of origin, Tauron said in . . . Complete story »

July 28, 2014 • PolandPrint storyE-mail story

Audit office slams Polish wind farm construction

A significant part of existing onshore wind farms in Poland may have been built while ignoring public consultations, says a report from the country’s Supreme Audit Office (NIK). Although the report stresses that wind energy is seen as a chance to make Poland greener, NIK has a negative opinion about the process of building onshore wind farms in Poland. A report released on the NIK website states that local authorities have in many cases ignored protests from local communities, with . . . Complete story »

June 6, 2014 • PolandPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm hunger strikers kicked out of parliament

Police and security guards expelled seven hunger strikers from the lower house of parliament on Thursday night just hours after the launch of a protest against wind farms. “We were dragged away by force from the building,” said head of the protesters Leszek Matusik, in an interview with RMF FM. “Some of us were carried out,” he added. “They treated us like bandits,” another protester said. Matusik claims that all protesters had been granted official passes to enter the building. . . . Complete story »

February 19, 2014 • PolandPrint storyE-mail story

Fighting against windmills

Wiesława Lewandowska talks with Anna Zalewska about the vague policy of the government concerning the future of renewable energy in Poland, big money, old wind turbines and growing protests WIESŁAWA LEWANDOWSKA: – You are fighting against windmills like Don Kichot, aren’t you? ANNA ZALEWSKA: – I am fighting against windmills, but I am not the novelistic hero, who is inefficient and is imagining everything all the time. I have 7 years of experience in this fight and a suitable professional . . . Complete story »

February 4, 2014 • PolandPrint storyE-mail story

Polish wind sector alarm over proposed project restrictions

If the law is passed, wind projects will be limited to locations that are at least 3 kilometers from residential properties and forest areas. The justification for the proposal reads that there are concerns that wind turbines have a negative effect on human health and that their presence causes land prices to drop. Complete story »

April 11, 2013 • PolandPrint storyE-mail story

Poland turns sour on large solar

Poland plans to reduce renewable energy subsidies and will now shun support for large solar projects, the country’s deputy economy minister Jerzy Pietrewicz has warned. Pietrewicz says he will amend some of the proposals set out in Poland’s renewable energy draft law last October. He claims technology advances will allow Poland to offer lower rates of support and help tackle the country’s ballooning budget deficit. The development of wind and biomass will be encouraged, while solar backing will be limited . . . Complete story »

March 22, 2013 • PolandPrint storyE-mail story

Wind farm protests in tourist hotspot

Environmentalists and locals working in the tourist industry are opposing the increasing number of wind farms in the Warmia-Masuria region ‘lake district’, north east Poland. “We are advertising ourselves as one of the most beautiful places in the world, as a wonder of nature, and yet we want to disfigure this nature with windmills,” Marek Jasudowicz from the We Love Masuria association (Kochamy Mazury) told the Polish Press Agency (PAP). The association is organising anti-wind farm meetings across the region, . . . Complete story »

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