EU approves Polish support scheme for renewable energy

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A coal-loaded barge prepares to sail from the Port of Gliwice, south Poland, July 14, 2017. A Polish renewable energy scheme approved by the EU on December 13 will help Poland reach its climate goals.

Scheme to help Poland achieve its 2020 environmental and climate change objectives


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The European Commission said the EC approved on December 13 under EU State aid rules a Polish renewable energy scheme and a reduced levy to finance the scheme for energy-intensive users. According to the EU’s competition chief, this will further EU energy and climate goals and ensure the global competitiveness of energy-intensive users whilst preserving competition.

“We want to make progress towards clean energy for the sake of our environment but also for European economic growth. The Polish support scheme will increase the share of green energy in Poland’s energy mix and help the country’s transition to low carbon, environmentally sustainable energy, Competition Commissioner Margrethe Vestager said.

`’It will also preserve the global competitiveness of companies that are heavily dependent on energy. We approved the scheme today,” she added.

The scheme, with a total budget of PLN 40 billion (around €9.4 billion), will grant State support to producers of renewable electricity by means of competitive auctions. The Commission found that the scheme will encourage the development of different renewable technologies, in line with the requirements of EU State aid rules, and will help Poland achieve its 2020 environmental and climate change objectives. The measure will boost the share of renewable electricity produced in Poland, while any distortion of competition caused by the State support is minimised.

Poland has also notified to the Commission plans to lower the financial burden on undertakings in certain energy-intensive sectors, which will benefit from a reduced surcharge to finance the support scheme, the EC said, adding that the Commission has found that these reductions are in line with EU State aid rules, which allow Member States to provide reductions to undertakings in certain sectors that are particularly energy-intensive and exposed to international competition, in order to ensure their global competitiveness.

 

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