Poland targets 2021 for new onshore wind rules

Jan 17, 2020 | Montel

(Montel) The Polish government aims to ease restrictions for onshore wind projects, with the new rules to take effect from January 2021.

Currently, onshore wind farms in Poland must be built arround 1.5 kilometres away from homes, a rule in which some have criticised for being an obstacle to developing the renewable energy source. The actual rule specifies the distance as greater than 10 times the height of the wind tower including the blade.

“We want to liberalise the distance law… with local communities having much to say in this matter [of wind farms’ location],” entrepreneurship minister Jadwiga Emilewicz said on Thursday.

“We want to have the [new] law in place by July with entry into force set for next January,” she said, without specifying details of the new law.

The move to ease the distance restriction for onshore wind comes as Poland faces fines of nearly EUR 2bn for not meeting a 15% renewable energy target by 2020 under EU rules, according to financial watchdog NIK.

Poland’s ruling nationalist Law and Justice party has been urged by the wind power lobby and others to change the distance rule to allow the country to reduce its dependence on coal.

Poland produces 80% of its power from coal.

However, the Polish Wind Energy Association reckons the country could have up to 30 GW of onshore wind – well above the government’s plan to incentivise the construction of roughly 4 GW thanks to auctions ran in 2018-19 and one planned this year.

Reporting by:
Marcin Czekanski
15:27, Thursday, 16 January 2020

Editing by:
Jeff Coelho
15:27, Thursday, 16 January 2020