One of the first decisions of the new government will be the liberalization of the so-called Wind Power Law, writes Money.pl. The distance at which wind farms can be built is planned to be reduced from 700 to 500 meters. Experts say the difference of 200 meters is significant in this context.
Everything indicates that Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki will not be able to receive a vote of confidence from the Sejm and a new government led by Donald Tusk will be appointed in mid-December. According to Money.pl, one of the first decisions of the new coalition will be to change the so-called Windmill Law. A bill on this matter was introduced at the current session of the Seimas. It involves unblocking the development of land-based nuclear energy. According to assumptions, the minimum distance at which wind farms can be built will be reduced from 700 to 500 meters.
The Tusk government is liberalizing the law on wind farms. What will 200 meters give?
The portal points out that this is a return to the compromise reached last year, when the PiS government planned to liberalize the draconian 10H rule (which defines the minimum distance between a residential building and a wind farm as ten times the height of the installation). . However, there was no agreement from the Solidarna Polska coalition, as a result of which the 700-meter limit was exceeded. Experts had no doubt that this was a cosmetic change and Poland would continue to have the strictest rules on this issue in Europe.
Meanwhile, reducing the distance to 500 meters would qualify our country as one of the most liberal, as evidenced by the report of the British analytical center Ember-Climate. Amber’s analyzes show that thanks to regulatory liberalization, 10 GW of new wind capacity could be created in Poland by 2030, up from 4 GW at the current 700 metres. Janusz Gajowiecki, president of the Polish Wind Energy Association, argues that 200 meters “makes a huge difference.”
– This increases the pace of development of onshore wind energy, because almost all investments have been prepared for 400-600 meters. Reducing the distance to 500 m can speed up investment by 5-7 years. 200 meters may not seem like much, but looking at the spatial development and scattered buildings in Poland, it is crucial. Gajowiecki stated this in an interview with Money.pl.
This is confirmed by the calculations of the Polish advisory chamber Ambiens. In their opinion, reducing the required distance by 200 m will reduce the so-called excluded territory (those in which, according to the regulations, a wind power plant cannot be built) by 44%. throughout Poland. The Polish Wind Energy Association estimates that reducing the minimum distance to 500 m will increase the area occupied by windmills from 0.28 percent. up to 7.08 percent of the country’s area.
“People want green energy”
The head of the organization argues that reducing the distance from the buildings will not mean a conflict with residents of the communities where the farms will be built (this argument was put forward last year by opponents of liberalization of regulation). – The social side said two years ago that the 500-meter limit protects their interests. A compromise was reached. It was a false narrative. People want clean energy and the benefits of cheaper electricity. convinces President Gajowiecki.
This is confirmed by Janina Gawlik, mayor of the Kostomloty commune (Lower Silesian Voivodeship), where the company Polenergia has built a large wind farm and plans to build another one, this time closer to the buildings. – Our windmills are very high, they can be seen from the A4 highway. At first, when the fame was created, there were some concerns among the residents, and I myself was skeptical. But it has been created, there are no negative signals. Today in “Poenergy” they are talking about a second farm at a shorter distance, people are very supportive – – quotes the Gawlik portal.
However, the mayor emphasizes that although the construction of windmills no longer evokes emotions, it has its consequences. We are talking, first of all, about limiting the field for individual development. – However, negotiations are ongoing. The new law is designed to transfer 10 percent of energy to residents (after 2025 – ed.), this is a good incentive. People need to feel like they are part of the benefits of having a farm. – emphasizes Gavlik.
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