The government wants to pass the 10H amendment quickly – will the bill go to parliament before the summer holidays?

The draft liberalization of the 10H rule is submitted to the Standing Committee of the Council of Ministers

The Ministry of Climate and Environment (MKiŚ) has announced that the draft amendment of the 10H Act is entering the next phase. After a long standstill, the document to liberalize the distance law was sent to the Standing Committee of the Council of Ministers.

“At the end of last week, the draft law liberalizing the 10H rule was submitted to the Standing Committee of the Council of Ministers. We want the Sejm to deal with this law by June 2022.” – said Ireneusz Zyska, Secretary of State at the Ministry of Climate and Environment, Government Plenipotentiary for Renewable Energy Sources.

According to Ireneusz Zyska, the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage is trying to discuss the draft amendment of the 10H law at the next meeting of the Standing Committee of the Council of Ministers, which will be held on June 2, 2022. The government’s plenipotentiary for renewables also added that the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage wants the Sejm to consider the draft amendment at its second meeting in June. This allowed the bill to be passed by the Senate before the summer break, after which the bill could be signed by the president.

“I hope it will work, the law is undisputed.” – emphasized Ireneusz Zyska.

An important document for the energy sector

Liberalization of the 10H principle is not only crucial for the further development of onshore wind technology. It is also an opportunity to use cheap energy for industry. The amendment of the 10H Act makes it possible to make new investments in wind farms. According to the principles of the design change, the decision on the location of wind turbines will be obtained by the municipality and the local community. They will decide on the location of such investments through the Local Development Plan, and the minimum distance between wind farms and buildings will be set at 500 m. by the municipal authorities and the local community, as well as an appropriate level of operational safety of wind farms with full information about the planned investment for residents of municipalities where wind installations are to be installed.

88 percent of the blocked country is back in the game

According to Ember analysts, the approval of such regulations will free up up to 88 percent. land blocked by the 10H Act passed in 2016. That yields an extra 27 thousand. km2 space available for new wind projects. While the amendment to the 10H law is a breakthrough in the wind energy sector, its reprocessing will not solve all problems. The liberalization of the 10H Act is intended to give municipalities more powers in determining the permitted distance between residential buildings and wind turbines. In accordance with the principles of the design change, the construction of new power stations will take place on the basis of the Local Spatial Development Plan (Local Development Plan). The act in this form is of great help to investors, but it should be borne in mind that: in many cases, appropriate provisions will have to be included in the local development plan. The process of changing the local development plan is not only time consuming but also a costly one.

Energy Safety

Not only the wind industry is waiting for the amendment of the law. Unblocking the development of wind energy also benefits industry, local authorities and society. Wind energy also enhances Poland’s energy security and independence. As stated by Janusz Gajowiecki, president of the Polish Wind Energy Association, wind energy is also the best medicine to reduce electricity bills.

“Wind energy is now almost 4 times cheaper than conventional energy and new investments in onshore wind farms provide more green and cheaper energy and lower electricity bills.” – commented Janusz Gajowiecki, President of the Polish Wind Energy Association.

The energy transformation will get the wind in its sails

Unblocking the development of onshore wind energy is also an opportunity to accelerate Poland’s energy transformation. The PWEA report shows that they guarantee new wind farms with the best development scenario PLN 70-133 billion GDP growth, PLN 490-935 million additional revenue for local governments, approx. PLN 80 billion orders for products and services in the supply chain, and 51 to 97 thousand new jobs in prospect until 2030

In addition, we read in the PWEA press release, Poland has some of the best weather conditions for onshore wind power development in all of Europe. Large tracts of land offer great opportunities for the establishment of new wind farms. There is no doubt that this potential will play an important role in implementing the principles of the EU Climate Law, but it is currently not being exploited.

“If the legal changes come into effect and new investments are unlocked, 6-10 GW of new capacity can be realized in onshore wind farms within a few years, i.e. by 2030. Then the power, including what we already have, would increase to 18 – 20 GW.” – adds Janusz Gajowiecki, president of the Polish Wind Energy Association.

Poles are aware of the benefits of wind

It is also important to raise awareness of the environmental benefits of developing onshore wind energy. According to PWEA no less than 85 percent. Poland wants the further development of onshore wind farms, which are a source of cheap and clean energy.

Source: PWEA, WNP.PL.

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