Polish PM unimpressed with ‘superficial’ renewable energy bill

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Poland’s Prime Minister Donald Tusk has labelled the country’s forthcoming energy bill as ‘superficial’ and bad for business in the country.

Mr Tusk’s comments come as legislation comes before parliament that may make it difficult for wind farms to be constructed in Poland.

According to the Polish Press Agency, Mr Tusk while announcing that the bill will be submitted to the lower chamber of the Polish parliament soon, added his reservations on the impact of the bill.

Donald Tusk “From the point of view of Poland’s energy business it is good that the renewable energy sources bill hasn`t been passed so far. European law, attitudes to climate change in Europe and superficial approach to renewable energy sources in Poland would force us to sign a bill which will result in much more expensive electricity from, for example, wind turbines than needed”, Mr. Tusk said.

The Polish green energy website Gramwzielone reported that the Prime Minister had been responding to opposition complaints about delays to the bill.

Vice Prime Minister and Economy Minister Janusz Piechociński pointed out that the RES bill was already submitted to the Cabinet, and will soon be before the lower chamber of the Polish parliament.

Meanwhile vice Minister of Environment Paweł Gawłowski emphasized, that the presidential bill about landscape protection was also set to be submitted to the parliament, with potential negative implications for the country’s wind energy sector.

A vote will take place with a view to rejecting two other draft amendments to the act on Construction Law and Planning & Spatial Development, elaborated by PiS [Law and Justice-national conservative political party in Poland]. PiS projects assume protection of citizens against the harmful influence of the wind power installations.

The draft amendment is set to govern the distance from wind power plants (with capacity of more than 500 Kw) to buildings and forest areas must amount to at least 3 km. According to the Coalition and even some of opposition clubs, such entry would equate to prohibition of wind farm development in Poland.

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