New law threatens survival of Polish wind power industry 

Posted: April 18, 2016 by oldbrew in government, Legal, turbines, wind

Not for Poland? [image credit: Wikipedia]

Not for Poland? [image credit: Wikipedia]

If it gets approved, this looks a lot like an onshore ban in practice if not in name.

A new bill submitted to Poland’s parliament threatens the very survival of the wind energy industry in the country.

The bill will make it illegal to build wind turbines within 2km of other buildings or forests — a measure campaigners said would rule out 99 per cent of land — and quadruple the rate of tax payable on existing turbines — making most unprofitable.

Another clause in the bill would give authorities the power to shut down each turbine for weeks at a time during monthly inspections, said industry figures. Violations would result in hefty fines or two years’ imprisonment. 

The threatened legislation would represent a complete reversal of the progress made by the industry in Poland last year when it saw the largest amount of installed wind turbine capacity in the EU after Germany, taking total industry investment to €8bn. Turbines, including those owned by EDF, RWE and Eon, produce about 13 per cent of the country’s electricity.

“For some projects, it will be terminal … it will kill them,” said Wojciech Cetnarski, president of the Polish Wind Energy Association, an industry lobby group. “This will result in bankruptcies. That is for sure. No one will invest any more in this country’s wind energy industry if this law is passed.”

Poland’s wind farm capacity has risen to 5,400 MW from 83 MW in the past decade. Some campaigners worry that Poland will fall short of EU rules demanding 15 per cent of electricity be obtained from renewable sources by 2020.

Source: New law threatens survival of Polish wind power industry – Power Engineering International

  1. catweazle666 says:

    Nice to see an outbreak of common sense.

    From little acorns…

  2. oldbrew says:

    ‘Another clause in the bill would give authorities the power to shut down each turbine for weeks at a time during monthly inspections, said industry figures.’

    Presumably the ‘monthly inspections’ would be of different turbines each month.

    Poland has a large coal industry and anyone with links to coal is probably not going to cry about restrictions on wind turbines.

  3. ren says:

    The forecast circulation in the lower stratosphere indicates a strong cooling in Europe.

  4. ren says:

    Lock high-pressure in the Atlantic will develop from April 23.

  5. Fanakapan says:

    The ‘Madness’ is ending, and not by any recognition that the whole scenario was faulty from the start, but in a way that saves the faces of those who fell for the claims of the promoters, and perhaps more importantly, enables the tax windfalls that came on the heels of planetary emergency to be retained.

    It is disappointing that the perpetrators of the Scam will not be dragged trough the streets on a hurdle, but predictable that Warming would be left to die on the vine 🙂

  6. oldbrew says:

    Even Germany is having to think again about its renewables obsession.

    ‘The draft reform bill of the Renewable Energy Act (EEG) submitted by the German government on Thursday massively curtails the green energy transition’

    “This bill by the Federal Minister of Economics will cap the expansion of renewable energy in electricity generation to a maximum of 45% by 2025”

    Even at 45% they’re going to have fun trying to deliver enough electricity whenever it’s dark and the wind’s not blowing. By 2022 all their nuclear plants are supposed to be closed.

  7. tchannon says:

    Looks to me as chess, about time too.

    This is reversing the EU into itself. The EU destroys via claimed effects, using this as excuses for tying in red tape, hence destroying the existing infrastructures.

    So, apply the same ploy to the claimed effects of the EU product, tie in red tape.

    This is completely fair since the EU product is perfect… it is isn’t it?

  8. M Simon says:

    oldbrew says:
    April 18, 2016 at 10:37 pm

    Conventional wisdom among power engineers is that 20% renewables is the maximum for tolerable grid stability.

    Politicians probably figured, “Twenty percent? They are probably being too cautious. We will double it and add a bit. The engineers will figure out how to handle it.”

  9. oldbrew says:

    They can handle it – by shutting down non-essential supply. But voters will turn against whoever did that.