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POLAND WILL MISS THE 2020 RES TARGET AND PAY DEARLY FOR IT

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It is finally being acknowledged that Poland will miss the 2020 target for its share of renewable energy and will face a cost of up to 8 billion PLN.  The facts have been recognized by the Supreme Audit Office which suggested the huge cost of having to buy green energy from other EU member states.



The comes largely because Poland squander its first eleven billion zlotys in RES support by giving the funding to existing coal-fired power plants that added biomass fuel and to existing hydro plants that were already built before the RES obligation was even imagined. No new capacity for generation of renewable energy was created by this policy and the share of RES it promoted was largely temporary (as power plants closed or stopped burning biomass). The suppression of other technologies by deflated green certificate prices and the delays caused by the auction procedures thwarted new projects for years.  

Now the Polish Government is apparently accepting the notion of green energy, but only af…