Poland - Market stalls in wait for new framework

POLAND: New wind capacity added in Poland this year is expected to pale compared with 2013, as regulatory uncertainty has put a brake on development.

Polish policy… After two high-growth years,ucertainty reigns
Polish policy… After two high-growth years,ucertainty reigns

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Industry players were still waiting for a new market framework to be finalised early in 2014, a wait that has now stretched out more than a year. The new system should result in lower prices for wind production, as auctions are set to be introduced for fixed-price tariffs.

Last year was a banner year for Poland's wind energy sector, however. Figures from the Polish Wind Energy Association show that capacity additions totalled 893MW, bringing the country's total to 3.39GW. The growth rate was in line with the 881MW in additions seen in 2012.

Iberdrola and Dong Energy both sold off Polish wind portfolios last year, and regulatory uncertainty has complicated financing for those still in the market. The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) said in February that it wanted to help fill the funding gap as it provided PLN 94 million (EUR 22 million) for the first phase of a 37.5MW project. That followed EBRD funding of PLN 292 million last October for three wind farms with combined capacity of 104MW.

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