Poland to pursue at least 23% of renewables in final consumption under new policy

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February 4 (Renewables Now) - The Polish government has given the thumbs up to the country’s new energy plan through 2040 that gives a major push to wind and solar with the goal of cutting coal's share in the power generation mix and lift the one of renewables in final consumption to at least 23% in 2030.

The new policy was approved by the Council of Ministers on Tuesday. Based on three main pillars, it outlines Poland’s energy transformation strategy and the economic restart after the COVID-19 fallout. The pillars it bets on are a just transformation, a zero-emission energy system and good air quality. Its ultimate goal is to slash to 56% the share of coal power generation in 2030 from 72% in 2020 and cut greenhouse gas emissions 30% by 2030 as compared to 1990 levels.

As for energy transformation, the plan calls for a combined expenditure of up to PLN 1.6 trillion (USD 427.8bn/EUR 356.2bn) in the years between 2021 and 2040. This involves lifting the renewables share to at least 23% of final gross energy consumption in 2030 from 12% in 2019, with not less than 32% of the electricity coming from wind and solar power plants. Energy efficiency projects, meanwhile, will pursue a 23% reduction of primary energy consumption in 2030. 

In line with the new targets, Poland’s installed offshore wind capacity is planned to reach 5.9 GW in 2030 and up to 11 GW in 2040. Solar photovoltaic (PV) capacity, meanwhile, is set to increase to between 5 GW and 7 GW in 2030 and 10 GW-16 GW in 2040.

Building nuclear power plants is also among the list of priorities under a programme that calls for the construction of six units. The first one, with a capacity of between 1 GW and 1.6 GW, is planned to become operational in 2033.

(PLN 1.0 = USD 0.267/EUR 0.223)

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