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Polish government to raise support for offshore wind

Poor demand forces upward revision in green certificates reward

The Polish economy ministry has decided to amend the proposed support for electricity generators in the government’s draft renewable energy law. Offshore wind could get between 2 and 2.2 green certificates per megawatt hour, up from the 1.8 set in the current draft, Windpower Offshore has learned.

The Polish offshore wind industry has been lobbying for 2 green certificates for near-shore projects and 2.2 for those located further offshore. Green certificate prices have witnessed a dramatic fall in recent months. They stood at PLN 100 (€25) in mid-February compared with PLN 288 in January 2012. If an offshore wind project had been operational, its owners would have lost PLN 338.4/MWh year-on-year.

This is clear proof that the green certificates system needs to be changed, said Maciej Stryjecki, vice-president of the Polish Offshore Wind Energy Society. The economy ministry’s proposed changes to the draft law include a cut to the number of green certificates for coal power plants co-firing biomass from 1 per megawatt hour to 0.15. This should cut green certificates supply by around 40%.

The ministry is also proposing allowing the National Water and Environmental Protection Fund to buy green certificates to avoid their price collapsing. Finally, utilities and certain large electricity buyers should be forced to buy a suitably high quota of green certificates.

These provisions would come into effect when the new law enters force, likely in January 2014.

Poland ranked just behind Italy and Norway – both with no immediate prospects of offshore wind projects being built – in Ernst & Young’s latest index last month.

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