MKiŚ: soon a project to heat homes with fuels other than coal

On Wednesday, the deputy head of the Ministry of Climate and Environment attended a meeting of the Senate’s National Committee on Economy and Innovation, which discussed the carbon surcharge bill.

During the meeting of the committee, the deputy head of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage answered, among other things: When asked why the law only covers aid for coal-fired farms, she stated that the inter-ministerial team is finalizing an extensive project concerning aid for heating installations and for heating houses, for example with fuel oil or wood pellets. “We are working on total solutions for both system heat, which supplies heat to more than 5.4 million households in Poland, as well as solutions for those households that fire their homes with other types of fuel. I mean pellets as well as oil or LPG “- they said.

Łukaszewska-Trzeciakowska stressed that work on this project is ongoing and “I hope it will finish soon”. “We will communicate with them after we have agreed on the complete total solution, both in terms of district heating and other heat sources for households” – she announced.

The commission backed several legislative amendments agreed with the government. They were of an organizational and substantive nature. Piotr Sprzączak, director of the heating department of the Ministry of Culture and National Heritage, explained that some changes related to BGK guarantees and credit lines, which would ensure the liquidity of heating installations.

Under the CO2 Emission Rights Act, BGK is allowed to take out loans and issue bonds on the domestic and foreign markets, the funds of which are used to create a credit line for entrepreneurs who are energy companies whose activity is wholly or largely related to the production of heat and is subject to a permit requirement. Loans under the business credit line are provided to ensure continuity of heat supply to consumers for residential or utility purposes, in particular for the purchase and settlement of coal. This solution works from the effective date of the law until June 30, 2024. The maximum loan amount is PLN 20 million.

Sprzączak explained that the purpose of the change is, among other things, a direct indication that “certain entrepreneurs who have no other means of obtaining money (…) are unable to enter the competitive market, the banking market and commercial financing can apply for a loan from BGK.”

During the session, constitutional doubts about the law were raised by senators lawmakers. Among other things, they indicated that the new regulations violate the principle of equality, as they only apply to those who heat their homes with coal.

The senators of the KO also pointed to this issue. Adam Szejnfeld (KO) announced that the condition for his club’s support of the bill is to include amendments that, among other things, will expand the group of aid beneficiaries so that it does not only apply to people who use coal. He pointed out that, for example, the victims were those who, in the context of the fight against smog, abandoned coal and switched to other, more ecological sources of heating.

Senators’ doubts were also expressed through articles on banking law, bank takeover procedures and the Bank Guarantee Fund, which were included in the carbon emissions law.

Deputy Finance Minister Piotr Patkowski explained that these were of a technical and operational nature and related to the implementation of the European Commission’s recommendations. During the work on the law, there were allegations that the banking rules in the law would expand the catalog of entities that could take over failing banks (resolution procedure). Patkowski assured that the new regulations do not extend this catalog, which is defined in EU regulations. He stressed that any settlement procedure cannot take place without the consent and control of the European Commission.

The law under the procedure of the Senate provides for the introduction of a coal surcharge of 3,000 PLN. zloty. It is awarded to households whose main source of heating is a solid fuel boiler, fireplace, goat, air heater, kitchen stove, stove, coal stove or solid fuel tile stove – powered by coal, briquettes or pellets, which is at least 85%. coal. A condition for receiving the CO2 emission is a registration or notification of the heat source with the Central Emission Registration Buildings

By law, you must submit a payment request to the municipality before November 30 of this year to receive a benefit. In turn, the municipality will be satisfied with a maximum of 30 days for its payment. The fee is also exempt from tax and the possibility of seizure.

The law stipulates that the maximum cost cap for these allowances will be PLN 11.5 billion and the funding source for the allowance will be the COVID-19 Fighting Fund. The new regulations stipulate that the NBP transfers part of its profit to this Fund if it is higher than assumed in the budget law. According to the Ministry of Finance, about PLN 9.5 billion will come from the NBP. In addition, the law provides for PLN 2 billion for guarantees for a credit line that BGK is to create for heating companies. (DAD)

author: Michał Boroń

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