The cabinet has adopted a draft amendment to the windmill law. The 10H rule is being liberalized

2022-07-05 14:00, act 2022-07-05 18:03

2022-07-05 14:00

2022-07-05 18:03

The cabinet has adopted a draft amendment to the windmill law.  The 10H rule is being liberalized
photo: Michał Adamski / / FORUM

On Tuesday, the government passed a draft amendment to the so-called mill act. The intention was that the new wind farm could only be located on the basis of the Local Spatial Development Plan.

The principles of the draft amendment to the Investments in Wind Farms Act and several other previously published acts in the List of Acts and Program Works of the Council of Ministers indicate that a new wind farm is only based on the Local Spatial Development Plan (MPZP).

The minimum base distance from the wind farm to the residential building must be adhered to – not less than that determined according to the “10H + rule”, but the local development plan will be able to define a different distance, “taking into account the range of the wind farm’s effects, taking into account the absolute minimum safety distance specified in the design change”.

Introduced by the Investments in Wind Farms Act 2016, the so-called The 10H rule currently prohibits the construction of wind turbines at a distance of less than 10H from buildings and certain forms of nature protection – national parks, reserves, landscape parks, Natura 2000 areas and promotional forest complexes . The ban works both ways, as it also prohibits building residential buildings closer than 10H of existing wind turbines. 10H is defined as 10 times the total height of the windmill to the highest point reached by the rotating blades.

Moscow Minister: The amendment to the wind farms law frees up areas for the construction of wind farms

The amendment to the Wind Farms Act will free up land for the construction of wind farms, said Minister of Climate and Environment Anna Moskwa at the conference after the Council of Ministers.

“On the one hand, the change will not block investment, but on the other, it will take into account the voice of the community” – she indicated. As she explained, the change is bringing windmill construction closer, freeing up land for wind farm construction and the potential of local communities.

According to her, the project describes in detail the relationship between high-voltage grids and onshore wind energy.

“We are opening opportunities and potential in different scenarios between 6 and 10 GWh in 2030. We hope that they will develop not only dynamically, but with societal approval” – emphasized the minister.

Lewiatan: Draft amendment to the so-called Windmill Act is a compromise

The new law is a compromise between the needs of the energy market and climate protection, and the government’s maturity to back out of wrong political decisions – Lewiatan Confederation said on Tuesday, when it approved the draft amendment to the so-called the mill act.

On Tuesday, the cabinet adopted a draft amendment to the Investment in Wind Farms Act, which relaxes regulations regarding their location.

The Lewiatan Confederation in a comment recalled that in 2016 the so-called the 10H rule, which means that the distance from the wind farm to residential buildings (and vice versa) must be at least 10 times the height of the windmill, which in practice is the ability to plan new onshore windmill sites. The amendment passed by the cabinet on Tuesday indicates that windmills can be placed at a minimum distance of 500 meters from the buildings.

“The new law is a compromise between the pressing needs of the energy market, common sense and climate protection, and the government’s maturity to pull out of wrong political decisions. However, it is difficult to predict how effective this regulatory easing will be. are,” said Jan Ruszkowski, a Lewiatan Confederation expert.

“Six years ago, the government managed to throw the baby out with the bathwater. Politically, despite forecasts, economic needs and climate commitments, the most profitable renewable energy sector in Poland was blocked for years. We wasted several precious years During this time, no new projects were started, wind farms and the power of existing turbines was not increased “- noted the expert. He notes that the 10H rule has not disappeared, but only allows local governments to make exceptions. In his opinion, no windmill can be closer than half a kilometer from the nearest buildings, even if the residents don’t mind. Moreover, according to him, the project does not simplify procedures and does not shorten the investment trajectory.

“The protracted energy crisis threatening Europe does not require us to deregulate only partially, step back and approach the situation six years ago. We need a step forward – strategic support for the development of the whole renewable energy mix – including wind energy” – said Ruszkowski.

He added that the wind industry is one of the simplest, cleanest and most predictable technologies. “All I need is good legislation. It’s not about putting windmills everywhere, but about simplifying procedures in good locations and shortening the currently very long investment process” – he emphasized. (DAD)

Author: Ewa Wesolowska

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