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Renewable energy – Energy Country Profile

Renewable Energy

Poland intends to reach a 15% share of renewable energy in its final consumption by 2020 thus following the EU Directive on the promotion of renewable energy.

Poland aims to double power generation from highly efficient cogeneration (CHP) between 2006 and 2020. The National Fund for Environmental Protection and Water Management (NFOSiGW) has allocated PLN 800m (€183m) over 2014-2020 to support renewable installations in residential buildings for their own consumption.

The Act on Wind Farms also came into force on 15 July 2016, restricting the location of wind parks (on the basis of a local master plan, minimum distance between wind turbines and habitation set at 10-times the turbine’s height), strengthening permit requirements and raising taxes on wind turbines.

In December 2016, Poland was the first country to issue €750m worth of five-year "green bonds" (yield of 0.634%).

Polands renewables production in 2015 was 8,99 Mtoe, which accounts for 12,64% of the total primary production. Poland has an installed capacity of 2,37 GW hydro power, 4,89 GW wind power and 0,11 GW Solar PV and the gross electricity generation of renewables are 23,29 TWh in 2015.

Poland has set a target of 10% for biofuels in transport by 2020. The mandatory share of biofuels in blends was raised to 7,1% in 2013 to 2016; it will be raised to 7,8% in 2017, 8,5% in 2018 and 10% in 2020.

Last update: 06 2022