There is a solution that permanently lowers the price of electricity – this is what Aleksandra Gawlikowska-Fyk from Forum Energii said in “Fakty po Faktach” about the abolition of restrictions on the construction of onshore wind farms. In turn, Grażyna Piotrowska-Oliwa, manager, investor and former president of PGNiG, pointed out that, apart from lower bills, renewable energy has the advantage of being “clean”.
Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki said at a press conference on Monday that the current regulations on onshore wind farms are “one of the most restrictive, if not the most restrictive, in all of Europe.”
– And yet we need these windmills so as not to burn expensive Colombian or Indonesian coal, because we no longer burn Russian coal, because there is an embargo not to burn very expensive Norwegian or Qatari gas. We want to burn these hydrocarbons only when we have to, said the head of the government.
Aleksandra Gawlikowska-Fyk from Forum Energii and Grażyna Piotrowska-Oliwa, manager, investor, former CEO, were asked about these words of the Prime Minister in Friday’s “Fakty po Faktach” PGNiG.
Windmills – a cheap source of energy
– At the moment, when it comes to electricity production costs, it is the cheapest source. We know that. (Currently) only those projects that had such an opportunity before the entry into force of the restrictive act are being implemented – said Gawlikowska-Fyk.
She added that “the second point is that this is a milestone when it comes to KPO (National Reconstruction Plan)”. – In fact, we should use this wind energy for a long time. At the moment, it should be the Polish raison d’état – the lifting of restrictions on domestic, cheap energy – emphasized Gawlikowska-Fyk.
She said “Other sources are needed in the system, but here is a solution on the table that permanently lowers electricity price“Only this diversification will give us that,” she noted.
Piotrowska-Oliwa also pointed out that there is another important argument in favor of renewable energy – climate protection against CO2 emissions.
As she said, “apart from the price we normally pay at a gas station, do we pay for gas (for energy from fossil fuels – ed.) with our health, the coming years will show”. “This is a factor that is overlooked,” she said.
Windmill Acts in the Sejm
On Tuesday, January 24, the combined parliamentary committees have carry out the first readings of draft wind farm bills – including the government bill, which is to liberalize the so-called 10H base. It is about eight bills concerning the location of onshore wind farms: one is governmental, five – by deputies, and two – by the Senate.
The government’s draft amendment to the act on investments in wind farms and some other acts was submitted to the Sejm in mid-July last year. It provides that the decision on the possibility of locating new onshore wind farms and on unlocking the possibility of developing residential construction in the vicinity of these wind farms will depend on the communes.
The amendments to the 10H Act are one of the 37 milestones that Poland is to complete in order to meet the requirements of the Recovery and Resilience Facility to mobilize funds from the National Recovery Plan.
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