Debates

Invitation to the debate

organized jointly with Ireneusz Zyska, Member of the Polish Parliament, Chairman of the Parliamentary Group on Mining and Energy Industry

and in cooperation with Association of Polish Electrical Engineers

The Winter Package: building competitive advantages, or a threat to Poland?”

15 March 2017, Warszawski Dom Technika NOT

[headquarters of the NOT Engineering Federation], Room B, ul. Czackiego 3/5, Warsaw

Registration starts at 10:30. Beginning of the debate at 11:00

On 30 November 2016, the European Commission presented a set of regulations referred to as the Winter Package, aimed at maintaining the EU competitiveness in the era of energy markets’ transformation towards clean energy. The document contains 1000 pages of legislative proposals which cover the issues of energy efficiency, renewable energy, electricity market structure, security of energy supplies and energy management policies for the needs of the energy union. The Commission also proposes a package of measures to accelerate clean energy innovations and activities related to renovation of buildings, and points at measures to encourage investments and mitigate the social effects of the transition to clean energy.

Conference in the form of a debate:

Smart Living

The event is the second part of the "Integrated block of conferences on low-emission transformation
of the Polish economy as the key to determining the country’s energy mix"

23 November 2016, 10:30 - 15:00 hrs

Polityka weekly magazine’s head office, ul. Słupecka 6, Warsaw

The Conference Patrons: the Ministry of Energy, the Ministry of the Environment, the Sobieski Institute, the Polish Bank Association, the Secretariat for the Mining and Power Industry of the Solidarność trade union

The success of low-emission transformation of the economy depends, to a great extent, on the broadly understood behaviours of the society. Even the best technical and technological solutions will not bring about the desired effect of emission reduction if we remain oriented at unlimited consumption and thoughtless use of the available resources. The change in people’s approach is by no means aimed at lowering the standards of living. On the contrary, it is a direction towards new values, more attractive forms of living and self-fulfilment through achieving new challenges and objectives.

Invitation to the conference in the form of a debate
"Low​-emission transformation - a recipe for increasingly competitive and innovative economy
"

24 October 2016 10h00-14h00, Warszawa
Polish Press Agency in Warsaw, Bracka 6/8

Patronage: Ministry of Energy, Ministry of the Environment, Sobieski Institute, Polish Bank Association, Secretariat for the Mining and Power Industry of the Solidarność trade union.

 

To participate at the conference please fill in the Registration Form (CLICK)*
 

Transformation of the country’s economy towards a low-emission one is among the greatest economic and environmental challenges facing Poland as a member state of the European Union. The targets set for the country provide a true opportunity and motivation for further development of new technologies; yet there are also a number of risks. Therefore, in order to make the change successful, the planning stage needs to take account of the evolving global context, and implemented actions need to be adjusted to the social and economic realities of the state. The desirable results of the low-emission transformation, apart from the obvious benefits for the environment, include greater economic stability, increased competitiveness at the international level and raised standard of living of the citizens.

Debate: „Coal and low-emission heat as elements of the Polish way to low-emission economy”

Debate organised under auspieces of the Ministry of Energy

Date: 03.06.2016r. 10:30-13:15

Place: Warsaw (Polish Press Agency. ul. Bracka 6/8)

The policy of tightening the standards of harmful gas emissions to the atmosphere is a consequence of global economic and technological processes and thus the trend is irreversible. Poland takes part in the process and follows the trend, but also looks for its own ways and solutions. Therefore, we are now facing the questions: how to approach the transformation to a low-emission economy and what strategy to adopt in this field? Coal is the country’s main asset which guarantees energy security of the country. Poland has the lowest level of dependence on energy imports in the European Union, as the level is two times lower than the EU average.

On February 25th2016 in Polska Agencja Prasowa (Polish Press Agency) in Warsaw took place a debate entitled: "Assumptions for amending the ETS directive – can the packeting of discussions on the ETS and non-ETS sectors be an effective method of optimizing the Polish path to CO2 emission reduction?"

The objectives of the debate were climate and energy policy until 2030 were set out by the European Council on 24 October 2014 and include: GHG emissions reduction by 40% compared to 1990 (ETS installations: 43%, non-ETS installations: 30% in relation to 2005); RES share target of 27%, and energy efficiency improvement by 27%. Compensatory mechanisms for countries with less rapid development have been envisaged. They include the possibility of free-of-charge allocation of emission allowances to electricity producers under the EU ETS (the so-called CO2 derogations), within the national pools of allowances to be sold through auctioning; and the Modernization Fund consisting of funds from the sale of the reserve of allowances, equivalent to 2% of the overall pool of the EU allowances in the period 2021-2030.

Workshop entitled „Local balancing - implementation possibilities in Poland”

19.11.2015, Warsaw

Registration for the  participation in the workshop : HERE

 “Energiewende” in Germany is flourishing, and its objectives and plans are being implemented. The rapid development of prosumer energy and energy cooperatives also confirms that the power sector is undergoing a transformation.

As a continuation of last year's activities aimed at expanding expert experience in the field of challenges related to the implementation of prosumer energy in Poland, on 26 October 2015 a special study trip to Karlsruhe and Walldorf, Germany, was organized in cooperation with the Embassy of Germany and with the involvement of Distribution Companies and the IT sector. The aim of the visit was to present the activities of our western neighbour in the field of local balancing.

We believe that the discussion during the workshop will focus on the near future of the power sector in the low and medium voltage segment. Therefore, using the German experience we would like to develop solutions optimally adjusted to the conditions in Poland.

The issues to be discussed in the workshop include e.g.:

  • technical solutions necessary for the implementation of local balancing,
  • virtual power plants’ participation in the balancing mechanism,
  • IT and communication tools – opportunities and limitations,
  • energy storage,
  • the role of DSO.

Among persons invited to the event are representatives of the regulator and the distributor, and entities participating in the trip.

Invitation to the debate
„The Polish concept of low-emission economy”

16 October 2015, 11:00-14:00 hrs

Room ABC, the Ministry of Economy,

pl. Trzech Krzyży 3/5, Warsaw

Registration for the free participation in the conference : HERE

 

The terms "low emission" and "low emission economy" are often confused in the context of emission reduction. The latter term, however, is much broader. The concept of low-emission economy has its source in the European Union's climate policy and Poland’s international commitments to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, set out in the ratified Kyoto Protocol adopted in connection with the United Nations Framework Convention on Climate Change.

In the case of Poland, the achievement of a low emission economy means the transition to a completely new reality. The use of fossil fuels constituting the main source of greenhouse gas emissions has a very long tradition in our country. Therefore, the need for modernizing the Polish energy sector is indisputable. Our country needs innovation and new energy infrastructure. It also needs capital, primarily long-term capital, and legislative solutions favourable for business. There are also other challenges. In connection with new emerging technologies, new attitudes appear to the directions of the energy sector development. Of increasing significance are prosumer energy installations with capacity up to 40 kW, located in rural areas and small towns.

Invitation to the debate: 

„Prospects for increasing energy comfort of consumers”

18 September 2015, 11:00-14:00 hrs

Registration for the free participation in the conference : HERE

Detailed information on the event is available from Ms Barbara Gacia at: e-mail: pr@proinwestycje.pl, tel. 609 250 800

 

„Prospects for energy markets vs. the energy union”
20 May 2015, 11:00-14:00 hrs
Polityka
weekly magazine’s head office, ul. Słupecka 6, Warsaw

A careful observer may notice a dichotomy that has recently occurred in the energy market. One of the market’s branches is developing in the direction of the European integration, and even towards the global dimension. At the same time, however, there is an extensive development of the other branch which covers local energy generation by municipalities, citizens and prosumers. The national-level sector can no longer be perceived as an isolated and hierarchical system, as its such picture is already outdated.

Biocoal – Polish low emission fuel
27 January 2015,
11:00-14:00 hrs
Venue: Conference Hall no. 49/51, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development,
ul. Wspólna 30, Warsaw
Please register for the event HERE

In view of the current direction of the EU climate policy, the role of coal in Poland’s National Power System may change. Poland as an EU member state is a participant of the Community market of carbon dioxide emission allowances EU ETS (CO2) and has to meet its climate policy targets in the non-ETS area. This requires us to more effectively manage our natural resources (coal) and to develop the low-emission energy sector (renewable energy sources and cogeneration).

"RES and cogeneration: support models in the light of the European Commission recommendations"
25 November 2014, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development,
ul. Wspólna 30,Warsaw,
11.00 – 13.30 hrs

 

The conference registration form is available  HERE. The Polish government is preparing a reform of the renewable energy support scheme. The core of the new system is planned to be an auctioning mechanism used for determining the prices of "green" energy, paid to its producers. Although this means the abandonment of the currently used defective system of green certificates, it still does not solve all the problems of the sector. This, in turn, may result in investors’ reluctance to further develop their activity on the Polish market.

The draft law on renewable energy sources contains also certain provisions significant for entities producing energy in CHP units. Support to cogeneration is one of the tools for implementing Poland’s and EU’s energy policy and thus contributing to CO2 emissions reduction, energy conservation, development of electricity production from RES and increase of energy security.

The Parliamentary Committees on the economy and on environmental protection have recommended the extension of the support system for high-efficiency cogeneration until 2018, but the law on renewable energy sources is still awaiting the legislators’ decisions. The situation has led to a halt in the planning of new investment projects. In the longer term, it may bring about a major slowdown in the development of low-emission sources (RES and CHP) in the future, as well as related problems with meeting our targets within the EU.

„Capacity market for the National Power System”
14 November 2014 (Friday), 11.00 hrs
Bankier.pl
Live broadcast on the portals: Bankier.pl,  proinwestycje.pl,  etastowarzyszenie.pl.

Experts are warning of the risk of blackout in 2016. It is said that starting from 2016 we may expect capacity shortages, as low wholesale power prices and no increase in power consumption directly translate into the lack of new investments. The Ministry of Economy is currently working to develop a systematic solution to the problem. It is last time to reform the power sector and begin the necessary investments into new generation capacities. Due to the fact that such activities are highly capital-intensive and entail high risk, legal instruments to stimulate them should be sought.

Measures are needed to reduce the investment risk, and systems should be developed to stimulate the implementation of investment projects. One of the solutions is to introduce market systems called capacity markets, whose purpose is to share the risk between power companies and power consumers.

Poland’s main problem is the lack of sufficient investment in new generation capacities, in view of aging power plants and increasing demand for electricity. Therefore, it is urgently needed to indicate a set of production technologies (so-called energy mix) that can ensure power supply to customers in the Polish conditions. A market of production capacities, stimulating investment projects and activating power consumers, should also be introduced. Such measures are not time-consuming. If there is political will, the energy mix and capacity market principles can be developed in a few months and implemented within one year.

Invitation for a debate: "Public Purpose Investments and Public Procurement Procedures – investment-friendly development of the energy sector”

“Polityka”, Słupecka 6 st., Warsaw
23 October2014 (Thursday), 11h00

As emphasized by the experts, Poland is facing the need for a thorough reform and development. This applies to strategic investments, in particular strategic investments in infrastructure.

In the pragmatic approach adopted in Poland, the sole criterion in public tender procedures is the lowest price. This approach is not required by any Polish legislation or European Union directive, yet  according to our data, 95% of public procurement procedures in the construction sector in Poland are carried out based solely on the price criterion. In the European Union this proportion does not exceed 30%, and about 20% in terms of the overall value of tenders.

The consequences of making price the sole criterion in contractor selection usually include delays in the construction process and, primarily, lower quality. The excessive cost cutting approach usually leads to a later growth in expenses, e.g. in the form of higher operating costs and the need for refurbishment works. As a consequence, huge amounts of money may be wasted, and the national implementation potential is limited. In general, all this means wasting the unique opportunity for developing the Polish economy.

PUBLIC DEBATE
DISTRIBUTED ENERGY SOURCES VS TRADITIONAL ENERGY SOURCES:
COMPETTION OR COOPERATION
8 October 2014, Ministry of Agriculture and Rural Development, ul. Wspólna 30,
Warsaw, 11.00 – 14.00 hrs

Looking at the situation in Europe (Germany, Denmark, UK and, recently, Italy), we may expect a rapid development of mini-RES. This seems to be a technological revolution which cannot be stopped, and may only be delayed.

The national power system should be interested in the scale of this revolution and in the development prospects for this new market. It is based on a completely different philosophy of supply, the philosophy of DIY (Do IT Yourself - Do It Yourself). This market poses direct competition with Distribution Companies and may eventually lead to the development of autonomous local micro-grids. The first example is the Feldheim village in Brandenburg, Germany.

It should be noted, however, that although such a solution is advantageous in local terms (for villages), from the point of view of macroeconomics it does not have sufficient benefits. A far beneficial model is a model of cooperation of MUNICIPALITY – ENERGY COOPERATIVE - DISTRIBUTION COMPANY, also tested also in Germany (Jühnde village in Lower Saxony). This example shows that such cooperation is not only possible, but mutually profitable.

Poland has to find its own answer to the questions regarding the relationships betweens RES, distributed energy, professional energy and the centralised national energy system, and to decide whether we prefer them to cooperate or compete.

We do hope that our debate will help us find answers to these questions.

 

We will be supported by a group of renowned speakers who will share with us their knowledge and opinions on the following issues:

Invitation to the debate:

„Being wise about water”, or the future of the water and sewerage sector in Poland
1 April2014 (Tuesday), 11.00 hrs
“Polityka”,
Słupecka 6 st., Warsaw

On behalf of the organiser, Procesy Inwestycyjne, we are pleased to invite you to a debate „Being wise about water”, or the future of the water and sewerage sector in Poland, which is being organised under the auspices of the Public Board for the Development of Low-Emission Economy. The debate will be held on Thursday, 6th March 2014, conference hall of the “Polityka” weekly magazine, Słupecka 6 st., Warsaw.

In Poland there are over 1.6 thousand water and sewerage companies. Experts thus emphasize the need for reasonable coordination or even consolidation of the sector’s companies with the aim to ensure the rational use of water resources, investment funds and existing infrastructure.

If Poland fails to modernize its water and sewerage systems and meet relevant EU standards by 2015, the EU may impose high penalties on the country. As a result of the costly investment projects, water prices may also increase significantly. The prices of water and sewerage services in Poland already differ greatly across the country, sometimes by as much as 1000%. The sector’s reform is necessary, particularly as the Authority for Competition and Consumer Protection, in its report of 2011, concluded that the location of a municipality in the centre of a regulated system, of which the municipality is an active member rather than just an arbitrator, makes the current system faulty. The existence of the municipalities’ right only (but not the obligation) to approve water and wastewater tariffs resulted in the fact that in more than 50 % of municipalities the tariffs were not approved.

Invitation to the debate:

National Heat Map
22 November 2013, 11.00 hrs

Place: ul. Słupecka 6, Warsaw (Polityka weekly magazine’s head office)

The National Heat Map, commissioned by the UK Department of Energy and Climate Change (DECC), has been created with the purpose to support investment projects in the low-carbon energy sector in the UK. To this end, a publicly accessible web-based map has been developed which presents heat demand throughout the country.

The benefits of implementing the project are at least two-fold. Firstly, the heat supply sector entities are provided with an easy-to-use tool supporting the building of their development strategies for infrastructural projects. It helps identify locations where heat distribution is most likely to be economically beneficial. In other words, it is a tool which at the initial planning stage provides information on the most prioritising locations for conducting more detailed investigations (thus, it is not a tool for designing heat distribution networks as such). It helps planners identify priority areas for implementing low-carbon energy projects. Secondly, local authorities are provided with a tool allowing them to develop detailed energy management plans, which translates into the adoption of most beneficial development strategies and identification of demand for distributed energy. Thanks to this support to infrastructure planning, local governments can save time and money spent on data collection.

Invitation for a debate

Dispersed Nuclear Energy
An Opportunity for Poland?

25 October 2013 (Friday), 13.00 – 16.00,
Polish Press Agency
Bracka 6/8, St., Warsaw

 

The future of nuclear energy, both on a global scale and in the context of the Polish programme for the creation of nuclear power, depends above all on the security of such power, the degree to which it is accepted by society and on the conquering of the barrier of high investment costs, including the freezing of significant funds for a long period of time and adoption of a rational programme for handling burnt-out fuel.

Discussions on the global renaissance of nuclear power began over ten years ago, largely as a result of the interplay of several trends. This led to the dynamic circulation of theses as to the inevitable depletion of carbon fuel resources and environmental threats, caused by CO2 emissions. Simultaneously, even at this early stage the huge development potential of significant economies (in particular, the Chinese economy) was clearly visible, which likely went hand in hand with the prospect of a significant increase in global energy demand.  These phenomena created auspicious conditions for the development of both renewable energy and nuclear energy, the latter showing particularly active growth in Asia.

Invitation to the debate:

ENERGY CUSTOMER SERVICE STANDARDS
Gas
, electricity and heat
27 September 2013
(Friday), 11.00 AM, Polityka weekly magazine’s head office

ul. Słupecka 6, Warsaw

A Good Practice Document for Electricity Suppliers and Transmission System Operators has been developed by the Energy Regulatory Office (ERO). It covers issues related to contract standards, obligations of the companies, customer service, change of supplier, and settlement of disputes. The Association of Power Traders has set up a task team for customer service standards. Its main task is to develop, based on the said ERO document, customer service standards to be followed by electricity suppliers.

In the previous debate “Smart customer in a smart grid, or why Poland needs smart power grids” we already emphasised that energy consumers expect distribution system operators to provide additional services such as: distributed energy storage in particular for renewable sources, local energy balancing, and energy efficiency. Today this is just wishful thinking, and the customers are treated as applicants. Energy customers would like to have remote access to information (e.g. by mobile phone or computer) and, in accordance with the EU directive, to be able to share this information with their private "energy brokers" who support their decisions on the energy market. The customers also want to pay for energy actually consumed rather than for forecasted consumption. They would like to be able to independently (online) select energy tariffs according to their needs.

Invitation to a duo-debate

A. Pro-Investing Modification of the Certification System
B.
Biomass Co-Firing Prospect

    MAY 24th, 2013, Headquarters of “Polityka” weekly magazine, ul. Słupecka 6, Warsaw

    Building low-emission power industry is a great challenge for both politicians and entrepreneurs. Politicians should establish legal regulations that make it possible to build modern and low-emission power industry while entrepreneurs should take investment decisions compliant with those regulations. At present, investors who have already taken actions (invested) in favor of low-emission power industry, renewable energy sources and high-performance cogeneration are very anxious.  Ultimately, the certification system should support the implementation of the energy policy (and not support any specific technology). It ought to optimize development costs and mitigate regulatory risk.

    Invitation for a debate

    Retrofitting in the energy sector as an option for ensuring
    energy security in the times of crisis

    5 April 2013, 11.00 a.m., Seat of Polityka,  Słupecka 6 St.,  Warsaw

     Poland has a significant and unused potential for energy efficiency increase both in the production source (power plant, transfer networks) and by the end-user (industrial plants, schools, agriculture, residential buildings etc.) – the upgrade potential is considerable. Energy consumption level of a GDP unit in Poland (data according to Central Statistical Office from 2012) is three times higher than in the countries of EU-15 (EU before enlargement). The potential of efficient use of energy is the cheapest and at the same time the easiest to manage energy source and for this reason it should be given priority by the State in  elaborating plans for modernization of the energy and construction sectors over development of new energy blocks and RES. Long term neglect in the sphere of investments in new power plants as well as EU regulations forcing Poland to close down old and inefficient blocks lie at source of Poland’s current difficult situation. We can expect considerable difficulties in balancing supply and demand for electric power and first and foremost in balancing power in pick hours. Thus quick retrofitting in power engineering and industrial energetics, heating, transmission and thermo-modernisation of buildings as well as exchange of collective/individual heat exchangers shall serve as a flywheel for economic development in the times of crisis and one of the ways for fulfilling EU requirements in terms of reduction of green house gases and environmental protection.

    Invitation for a debate

    Prosumer energy generation – what does it mean for end consumers and distribution companies?

    28 February 2013 (Thursday), 11.00 am,
    Seat of Polityka , ul. Słupecka 6,  Warsaw

    In Poland prosumer energy generation is mentioned mostly in the context of renewable energy sources. According to Energy Policy for Poland till 2030 adopted by the Polish government, RES shall constitute 20% of total energy produced domestically. It has been estimated that prosumers shall have ca. 10% of share, while in certain regions it can be considerably higher. Market participants will decide for themselves if they wish to buy energy from the network or if they wish to produce it by themselves. One of the main conditions for development of energy sector in the world, Europe and hence also in Poland is shifting energy production to more local, dispersed units, managed by active energy users – prosumers. Particular role will play micro renewable sources. One should stress that numerous companies dealing with energy reach out to meet those new demands by offering end consumers means for investments in mirco-renewable sources, despite the fact that the current system does not differentiate sources according to type or size. New solutions and mechanisms proposed by the Ministry of Economy in the draft of  RES Act shall simplify and offer support to micro-installations.

    Invitation to a debate

    Baltic Power Rail  - Marine Energy Systems and low-emission economy

    30th November (Friday), 11.00 am
    Seat of Polityka, Słupecka 6, Warsaw

    During the debate, we will consider how technology can help effectively collect energy from the sea. Is Baltic Power Rail  may be the solution?

    Baltic Power Rail – main transmission axis of Polish Offshore Grid, composed of an undersea direct current transmission cable  400 kV, 350 km of length, running alongside shores and, incorporating 3-4 knot sea high-voltage stations. 

    Possibility to connect Baltic offshore wind mill farms is currently very limited. According to PSE Operator the present grid development plan will allow for connection to the transmission network till 2020 only maximum of 1000 MW coming from offshore wind mill farms. However, additional cost-effective modernization and investment activities run till 2025, which are not included in the plan, could increase the connection power for offshore wind mill farms by next 2000 MW. Connection of farms larger than 3000 MW will require further development of the transmission grid, which will probably take place only after 2025. Meanwhile, it is assumed that all applications for offshore wind mill farms development exceeding 400 bln PLN received by the Ministry of Economy, could in total amount for 31 000 MW of power. It would mean that ambitious plans of many investors will be spoilt by the underdeveloped and insufficient transmission grid.

    Invitation for the debate 

    How to facilitate functioning of the energy market and supply missing powers in the electro-energy system
    - Innovative mechanisms on the European and competitive energy market

    24 October 2012, 11.00 a.m., Seat of „Polityka”,  Słupecka 6, Warsaw

    Invitation for the debate

    Microgeneration as a pillar of low-emission economy

    5th November 2012 (Friday), 11.00 am
    Seat of Polityka , Słupecka 6,  Warsaw

    The model based on mini and micro sources of 100MW - 5MW - 50kW is already well known. Less widespread and popular is the model based on pico sources of less than 50 kW. It constitutes a very crucial element of so called prosumer energy generation which can deliver at least (estimates of possible potential):

    • 1500 MW – pico windmills  ~ 1- 4 kW
    • 1500 MW - pico photovoltaic cells ~ 1 -5 kW
    • 1500 MW - pico fuel cells and gas and biogas stirling engines ~ 1-2 kW

    Together they can sum up to 4500 MW of power, 1/3 out of which is stable power, more than one nuclear block. While stabilizing the system one could also add gas heat pumps and heat pumps powered by energy from RES. The technology of today allows for such solutions, soon they will be also economically effective. Even today one could estimate prices for renewable energy after 2014:

    Investments in peak, intervention and regulatory powers till 2020

    13th July 2012 (Friday),  11 am – 2 pm, Seat of „Polityka”,  Słupecka 6, Warsaw

    Honorary Patronage: Energy Regulatory Office
    Strategic Partner: PGNiG SA
    Event Partner:
    Wärtsilä

    Invitation for debate

    Prosumer energy generation and smart grid as pillars of low-emission economy

    1 June 2012 (Friday), 11.00 am
    Seat of Polityka , ul.
    Słupecka 6,  Warsaw

    The model based on mini and micro sources of 100MW - 5MW - 50kW is already well known. Less widespread and popular is the model based on pico sources of less than 50 kW. It constitutes a very crucial element of so called prosumer energy generation which can deliver at least (estimates of possible potential):

    • 1500 MW – pico windmills  ~ 1- 4 kW
    • 1500 MW - pico photovoltaic cells ~ 1 -5 kW
    • 1500 MW - pico fuel cells and gas and biogas stirling engines ~ 1-2 kW

    Together they can sum up to 4500 MW of power, 1/3 out of which is stable power, more than one nuclear block. While stabilizing the system one could also add gas heat pumps and heat pumps powered by energy from RES. The technology of today allows for such solutions, soon they will be also economically effective. Even today one could estimate prices for renewable energy after 2014:

    Invitation to debate: 

    Four sectors of gas engineering – goals, tasks, functions  

    27th April (Friday), 11.00 am
    „Polityka”, Słupecka 6, Warsaw

    Invitation for a debate

    GUIDELINES TO AN ACT ON STRATEGIC INFRASTRUCUTRAL INVESTMENTS

    9th March 2012 (Friday), 11.00 am, „Polityka”, Słupecka 6, Warsaw

    Nowadays legislation is the main obstacle in realization of new investments – lack of clear legal regulations supporting preparation and implementation of an investment. Depending on nature and scale legal and formal problems vary. For the energy sector enterprises those problems have a very specific character, referring mostly to preparation and realization process of large investments, strategic for domestic economy, such as construction of gas and fuel pipelines or electric lines. Currently majority of obstacles which investors face derive from the Spatial Planning Act and Building Law.  

    From detailed analysis of current legal conditions in the context of investment preparation and realization on supralocal level one can conclude that:

    • legal regulation regarding spatial planning and location of investments are inconsistent and not precise, general amendments are required to facilitate procedures and protect spatial qualities

    • planning, location and arrangement procedures are too complicated and give possibility of appeal that may practically block realization of an investment

    • environmental impact assessment of infrastructural investments requires rationalization and adaptation to proposed amendments regarding spatial planning and investment location

    Invitation for the debate

    Energy Policy of Poland – priorities of the energy sector

    8th February 2012 (Wednesday), 11.00 am
    Polityka , Słupecka 6,  Warsaw

    European Union prepared ‘Energy Road Map 2050’, a strategic document that sets goals for European energy policy. By the year 2050 the share of renewable energy in the energy mix should account for at least 40%, whereas energy efficiency shall increase by 30-40%. These goals constitute a great challenge for Poland in terms of realization of investments in the energy sector. Poland lacks energy strategy that would be consistent with European goals. It can be noted already now that number of new investments has decreased considerably. Moreover, Polish economy may be influenced by the European climate Policy to a greater extend than post-industrial economies of the old Member States, mostly due to high-emission energy production. Thus Poland needs new energy policy that would not only be in line with the European strategy but will also take into account development of national energy potential and sustainable development of domestic economy. According to experts it should involve the National Programme of Low-Emissions Economy Development prepared by Ministry of Economy and Ministry of Environment.

    Invitation to the debate

    COMPETITIVENESS ON THE ENERGY MARKET

    17 November 2011 (Thursday), 11.00 am
    Seat of Polityka, Słupecka 6, Warsaw

    In the context of internal electricity market the EU focuses on promoting anti-trust solutions. Competition on the market guarantees multiplicity of sale offers, tailored to the consumer’s needs both in terms of product and price. One of major factors that facilitates its development is proper structure of the energy market itself. On a competitive market companies struggle for leadership and bigger share which increases transparency and level of sales.  Despite all changes that have taken place in recent years, Polish market is still far from being efficient and competitive.

    Nowadays the anti-trust solutions in Poland are only limited to transfer of energy market to the Stock Exchange. The obligation to execute sales and purchases on the Polish Power Exchange mobilized  many customers to search for new suppliers and thus made the price shaping process more transparent.  Thanks to this the customers know the whole-sale price per energy unit which facilitates negotiations with the suppliers. The energy producers, however, are not willing to share their profits with the customers by reducing prices. The official statistics published by the Energy Regulatory Office show that only 10 000 customers of all tariff groups have decided to use their legal right and change their supplier. Nevertheless, there are signs of improvement. At the end of January 2011 the number of customers changing their supplier rose by almost 540 % compared to December 2009. The remaining 1700 constitute individual customers.

    „NETWORK NEUTRALITY – should Internet traffic be regulated?”

    3 November 2011 (Thursday), 11.00 a.m., PAP Press Centre, ul. Bracka 6/8, Warsaw

    Debate Programme

    11.00 – 11.20

    Presentation of the report: „Network Neutrality vs. Network Management - A Central European Perspective 2011”- Olaf Kostarczyk, Expert, ETA Association for Efficiency.

    11.20 – 13.00

    Discussion with expert panelists

    Invitation to debate

    STABILIZING NETWORK – ENERGY SECURITY OF METROPOLIS

    29 September 2011 (Thursday), 11 a.m.
    “Polityka”, Słupecka 6, Warsaw

    Energy security of cities is one of the biggest challenges for urbanized Poland. Access to electricity is nowadays one of the major indicators of development. Thus the experts have been postulating that competences of municipal authorities should include such tasks as: planning and organization of heat and electricity supply, including local sources, planning and financing lightning system of public zones as well as specifying location of energy infrastructure in urban development plans.

    Unfortunately, system of metropolis management still seem to be chaotic, local demands are not taken into consideration. Moreover, despite small and probably just temporary decrease in energy demand caused by the economic crisis, the general demand will grow steadily. At the same time there is no increase in new installations construction nor in the number of system transfer connections. Domestic production of energy is based on old-fashioned and out-of-date facilities that do not guarantee security of supply. Any exchange or modernization thereof that shall cover up for lost production and fulfill EU requirements needs brave decisions and consistent, long-term execution. Longer than just a 4-year office term of Polish politicians. Energy security shall be thus understood as ‘ability of the system to maintain stability of supply in crisis situation’ whereas sufficiency refers to maintaining ‘supply of end-consumers according to their demand’.

    Invitation to the debate

    MAKING DREAMS COME TRUE

    NEW TECHNOLOGIES IN THE ENERGY SECTOR

    19 July 2011 (Tuesday), 11.00 a.m.,
    PAP Press Centre, ul. Bracka 6/8, Warsaw

    A breakthrough in the energy sector is soon to come. The recent acceleration in works relating to new technological solutions has been brought about by factors such as requirements connected with the increasing number of end users connected to networks, increasing prices and breakdowns in energy supply. The revolution in the production and transmission of energy will soon be comparable to the revolution in respect of the development of the Internet or mobile networks.

    Everything seems to suggest that there will soon be intelligent electricity systems that will help increase the efficiency of the use of electricity transmission and distribution. We will start to burn coal in oxygen and will cease worrying about the excessive emission of CO2 into the atmosphere. Meanwhile, instead of pouring petrol or diesel into fuel tanks, we will use nitrogen capsules or special batteries. In addition, we will soon be able to make use of intelligent systems based inter alias on renewable energy sources, energy-saving solutions or zero-emissions technologies. The debate will focus on how this energy revolution is to take place, and when. We have invited experts that deal on a day-to-day basis with changing our dreams into actual solutions in practice to speak at the event.

    Invitation to the debate

    LIBERALISM OR LAISSEZ-FAIREISM?
    LEGAL CONDITIONS RELEVANT TO THE ELECTRICITY AND GAS MARKET

    30 June 2011 (Thursday), 11.00 a.m.,
    Museum of Gas, Kasprzaka 25, Warsaw

    In recent times, there have been radical changes in the functioning of the European natural gas and electricity market. These changes are connected with progressing economical development, the popularisation of the use of natural gas and legislative changes on gas and electricity markets.

    In Poland, the introduction of liberal legal reforms had the greatest impact on the functioning of the energy market. Unfortunately, the application in practice of the right to change electricity supplier is still subject to limitations - energy companies, which have a geographical monopoly, are not rushing to inform their clients about the possibility of changing electricity suppliers.

    On the 28th of April took place the debate:

    YEAR OF ENERGY.
    THE ENERGY DIMENSION OF THE POLISH PRESIDENCY OF THE EU

    28 April 2011 (Thursday), 11.00 a.m.,
    PAP Press Centre, ul. Bracka 6/8, Warsaw

    Every six months another EU member state takes over the Presidency of EU, i.e. oversees the works of the Council of the European Union. During this time, the member state in question becomes the host of the majority of EU events and plays a key role in all fields of the EU’s activity.

    On 1 July 2011, Poland will take over the Presidency of the Council of the European Union.

    If Poland only manages to recover a little from the Euro crisis, 2011 will be the year of energy the Polish secretary of state for European affairs, Mikołaj Dowgielewicz, highlighted in one of his interviews. For this reason, our priority for this period should be to increase solidarity within the EU – construed inter alias as taking the form of the internal energy policy. Our debate, which will fit in with discussions as to the energy-related dimension of the Polish Presidency, is aimed at turning attention inter alias to changes occurring on the Polish and European energy market.

    Dear Sir,
    We have the honour of inviting you to take part in the debate:

    The Marshall Plan for Infrastructure:
    let’s shed light on the problem as long as we can

    22 February 2011 (Tuesday), 11.00 hrs, Klub Bankowca, ul. Smolna 6, Warsaw

    It is obvious that Poland's energy infrastructure is undergoing slow degradation. We have not been investing in it since the change of the political system, i.e. for more than 20 years. Therefore, our power plants and transmission and distribution networks are decapitalised by over 70%. This is to some extent understandable and even justified, but certainly the situation can not be ignored forever. Poland needs intensive reconstruction of its technical infrastructure as its old-age components will soon go into well deserved retirement.

     

    Dear Sirs,

    We would like to invite you to take part in the debate:

    How to win the most important battle in contemporary Europe? Polish way to derogation

    27 January 2011 (Thursday), 11.00 a.m., Polish Press Agency, ul. Bracka 6/8, Warsaw

    Dear Sirs,

    We would like to invite you to take part in the debate:

    COHABITATION. THE ROLE OF GAS IN THE DEVELOPMENT OF A LOW-EMISSIONS ECONOMY
    18 November 2010 (Thursday), 11.00 a.m., Polish Press Agency, ul. Bracka 6/8, Warsaw

    The debate will be focused on the development of the gas market in Poland in a European context. The EU-generated catchphrase „switch from coal to gas” opens up both new possibilities and numerous difficulties. For this reason, the topics discussed during the meeting will include issues connected with the co-existence of solutions based on renewable sources and gas, diversification of suppliers, innovative means of extracting shale gas, coal gasification in the carbon bed and Polish energy regulations.

    Dear Sirs,
    We would like to present you information from the debate:

    Mechanisms and regulation of the Polish and European electricity market
    30 September 2010 (Thursday), 11.00 a.m.,
    Seat of “Polityka”, ul. Słupecka 6, Warsaw

    Please note that the place of the debate has changed.

    The debate will take place in Seat of “Polityka”, ul. Słupecka 6, Warsaw

    The meeting will be devoted to issues relating to the national and European electricity market.

     

    The most important tasks and challenges for the Polish economy and energy policy is establishment of an appropriate regulatory and market environment allowing for deep pro-climate transformation of the Polish energy sector. With this is mind, we would like to focus attention above all on the role of the regulator and possibilities for making market mechanisms relating to energy trading more efficient, and will discuss the position of the Energy Regulatory Authority as an institution responsible for promotion of competition in the energy sector and regulation of the fuel and energy markets.

    Dear Sirs,
    We would like to present you information from the seminar:

    Chances for Execution of the Energy and Climate Package
    (and consequences of failure to do so)

    13 July 2010, 11:00; PAP Press Centre, Bracka 6/8, Warsaw

    One of the main aims of the EU climate policy is combating global warming, as demonstrated by the assumptions of the Energy and Climate Package and legal acts combating climate change that have been elaborated by the governments of EU member states. Poland is committed to implementing the obligations set out in the Package, but work on the legislative side has only just begun. It is therefore vital that a public debate be held in respect of the shape of the National Programme for Reduction of Emissions bringing to life the EU Energy and Climate Package, and – what’s more – that discussions take place in respect of the final provisions of the Polish Climate Change Act.

    A response to this need is provided in the Chances for Execution of the Energy and Climate Package (and consequences of failure to do so) seminar. This is a continuation of the two-phase open consultations on desired provisions of the National Programme for Reduction of Emissions, which were started during the IV International Conference NEUF 2010 – New Energy User Friendly „Public Consultations on the Roadmaps of the National Programme for Reduction of Emissions.”

    Dear Sirs,

    We would like to kindly invite you to participate in a unique and very important for Polish energy sector debate:

    Energy in a Regional Context

    11 May 2010 (Tuesday), 11.00 a.m., Seat of “Polityka”, ul. Słupecka 6, Warsaw

    The Polish energy sector faces many dilemmas. The current costs of energy-related actions result from pushing relevant problems to the side for many years. One of the issues that we must focus on and actively act upon, especially in the context of preserving the energy security of the country, is remodelling of the approach to energy to make it locally-focused as opposed to centrally-focused.

    Ladies and Gentelman!

    ATTENTION! BECAUSE OF GREAT INTEREST IN DEBATE THE PLACE OF THE DEBATE HAS BEEN CHANGED - Debate will take place in the Press Center Foksal - HOUSE Journalists, Foksal 3 / 5, Warsaw.
    Other details remain unchanged.

    Dear Sirs,
    On behalf of the organisers - Procesy Inwestycyjnych sp. z o.o., the ETA Association for Efficiency, and the E. Kwiatkowski Institute, we would like to invite you to attend and present your viewpoint at a debate of key importance for the Polish economy:

    Financing of Energy Investments
    31 March 2010, 11 a.m.,
    Journalists House, ul. Foksal 3/5, Warsaw

    CO2 in transport

    23 February 2010, 11.00 a.m., Seat of "Polityka", ul. Słupecka 6, Warsaw

    The transport sector as a whole, as well as its road, railway, water and air transport sub-sectors, are developing very quickly. Therefore, they are now facing the challenge to gradually reduce their emissions of greenhouse gases (the main of which is carbon dioxide: CO2). Transport is responsible for up to 20-25% of the global emissions of greenhouse gases. In addition, economic development increases mobility and intensifies freight transport, which results in a growth in demand for energy whose main sources are coal and oil derivative fuels

    The IPPC Directive – Challenges for Poland up to 2016
    Debate

    24.09.2009, Polish Press Agency (PAP), ul. Bracka 6/8, Warsaw, 11.00 a.m.
          

    Turbulent discussions related to execution of the EU-ETS Directive are still underway, and we are already facing a new, and perhaps even more important, challenge – the IPPC Directive. Obligations, which translate directly into costs, have begun to mount up and have become more and more difficult to fulfil. Aside from investments connected with execution of the provisions of the derogation of December 2008, we will need to bear enormous costs – to modernise (which seems unrealistic in the case of many Polish power plants) or construct new capacities, as the provisions of the Directive will cause a huge number of closures as a result of the advanced age of Polish installations. This can jeopardise the security of electricity and heat supply.

    White Certificates – Energy Efficiency Development Mechanisms
    14 July 2009, 11:00 a.m.
    Ministry of Economy, Hall A/B/C, Pl. Trzech Krzyży 3/5, Warsaw

    HONORARY PATRONAGE: Waldemar Pawlak, Minister of Economy

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    In order to accelerate the process of improvement of energy efficiency, a new legal act prepared by the European Commission – Directive 2006/32/EC on the efficient use of energy and energy services – entered into force on 17 May 2006. This act placed upon member states the task of undertaking actions to limit use of energy by end users by 1% per year over a period of 9 years, starting on 1 January 2009.
    In order to execute the aims of the aforementioned Directive, an act on Energy Efficiency was drafted within the Ministry of the Economy. A core element of this act is the White Certificates System, i.e. a system of tradable certificates confirming energy savings. The market mechanisms used in the system simultaneously remain completely steerable in respect of their strategic parameters (operational costs and generated volume of investments).

    Debate
    GREEN HEAT
    How and whether we should execute the obligation of ensuring the appropriate participation of RES in the heat balance

    8 July 2009, 11:00 a.m.
    PAP Press Centre, ul. Bracka 6/8, Warsaw
                                        
    The Energy and Climate Package adopted by the European Commission has set out the requirement for there to be 15% participation of RES in the final energy balance by 2020. In addition, we must achieve this participation in electric energy, transport fuels (in this case we have the requirement of achieving 10% participation of RES in the sub-sector) and in the heating sector. If we were to follow these guidelines to the letter, the energy balance would need to encompass 4% of „green" energy from the electric energy sector, 2.1% from transport and 5.4% from the heating sector. 
                                

    The problem is that we do not know how to achieve this in practice. It seems particularly difficult to execute this goal in the context of heat energy, which is (remarkably!) extremely diversified and rather specific in Poland (network heat, individual heat - coal, gas, oil). In order to achieve the 3 x 20 goal, we must „greenify" at least 10.4% of the overall heat balance, which definitely does not seem simple.
                      

    A but maybe H? 
    - prospects for nuclear energy in Poland in light of European experiences

     27.05.2009, 11:00 a.m. - Polish Press Agency (PAP), ul. Bracka 6/8, Warsaw

    The media is always attempting to excite the public's attention by reporting on new plans for construction of nuclear power plants in Poland. More and more companies are also contemplating investing in this specific type of energy. And they are right in doing so, as the experiences of our European neighbours show that it is worth it.

    Energy safety of Polish Metropolises 
                     
    25 February 2009, 10.00 a.m.
    Polish Press Agency (PAP), ul. Bracka 6/8, Warsaw
                   
    Debate is organised together with:
    The Union of Polish Metropolises
     
     
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    Until recently, there was a general conviction that the problem of instable energy supply, which often appears in areas with a low level of urbanization, does not concern Polish Metropolises. However, recent experience, i.e. the last blackouts in North-Eastern and North-Western Poland (in the summer of 2006 and spring of 2007, respectively),  as well as the last microblackout in Warsaw (summer of 2008) indicate that Polish Metropolises are no longer enclaves of energy safety.

    Championship Finals" - will we win €1,7 bln or lose €2,8 bln?
    Perspectives as to energy-related investments in 2009-2020

     

     

     

      29 January 2009, 11.00 a.m.
    Polish Press Agency (PAP), ul. Bracka 6/8, Warsaw

    Poland achieved undeniable success in relation to the new EU-ETS directive during the European Council session on 11-12 December 2008, in particular as regards the area connected with negotiated derogation and the quota of allowances that are to be granted free of charge, according to a benchmark. However, it is only now that we will be faced with the decisive clash, i.e. the necessity of choosing an appropriate energy-efficient means of development that will contribute to considerable reduction of CO2 emissions and development of the efficiency of the energy sector and the economy in general.

    Gas or Import - Generation Mix - Reduction Mix
    What will we use to close our energy balance? 
     
    28 October 2008, 11.00 a.m.
    Polish Press Agency (PAP), ul. Bracka 6/8, Warsaw
                                                                 
    The Polish economy and, in particular, the energy sector are currently facing major challenges and choices related to the Energy and Climate Package proposed by the European Union. A significant reduction of carbon dioxide emissions by means of extensive regulation is planned, as part of which emission allowances are to be distributed through an auctioning system.
    Entry into force of the proposed changes will lead to serious limitations in energy production by carbon-intensive and emission-intensive economies such as those of Estonia, Germany and Poland. Production will be possible not for entities in possession of power plants, but for entities rich enough to buy emission allowances at auction. It is already clear that demand for such allowances will exceed the number of them that is emitted, and that one will have to pay in order to come into possession of emission rights. In addition, there is concern that countries with weaker economies and yet higher emission needs will lose at auction against stronger players, and that this will - in the long term - result in them having to pay high penalties or discontinue activities leading to emissions.  It could therefore be the case that the inability to produce that may arise out of the aforementioned situation will force us to seek new sources of energy or import it from  areas that are not encompassed by the Emissions Trading Scheme, unless of course such activity is in the future prohibited by the European Union.
    IPPC Directive - the emission cage
     
    21 October 2008, 11.00 a.m.
    Centrum Prasowe Foksal - Dom Dziennikarza [Press Agency Foksal - Journalist House], ul. Foksal 3/5, Warsaw
     

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    Nuclear energy and renewables
    in the light of sustainable development
    18 September 2008, 11.00
    the Foksal Press Centre, the Journalist House, 3/5 Foksal, Warsaw

    Challenges related to the greenhouse gases reduction, means the need of searching for low-emission technologies, in particular non-emission ones. The range of possibilities is quite narrow - renewables, nuclear energy, clean coal technologies, improving energy efficiency.

    There is a strong need for making a quick decision about WHAT, WHEN and TO WHAT EXTENT we will have to introduce in to the Polish market, to keep it competetive and efficient. 

    We are about to face the risk of losing the energy potential, visible by introduction of system turn-offs, spontanuous black outs, what would cause decrease of all economy production, inflation and political difficulties. Among the 3 questions, the least recognised is the one: WHEN? For objective reasons, the above solutions cannot at the same time bring measurable effects and cause emissions reduction. Each of them has different time needed for introduction and development.

    We could invest in increasing carbon potential, like also develop particulalry promising renewables as wind, geothermal, solar, water energy, biomass, biogas from the waste collections, etc. Another alternative is a nuclear energy. Its huge positive is a lack of emission and safety, however its supporters have to battle for political and social acceptation. Some of the problems relate to transport and storage of the nuclear waste and threat of terrorist attacks.

    11 July 2008, 11:00 AM 

    the Polish Press Agency, 6/8 Bracka, Warsaw

    The debate will be attanded by:

    Olaf Kopczyński - 2nd Secretary of the Permanent Polish Representation by the European Union, Main CO2 Negotiator

    Prof. Jerzy Buzek - Member of European Parliament

    The European aim is currently to become the World Leader in limiting the CO2 emission. That is why the Climate Change and Energy Package (3x20) has been created. The Polish authorities agree with the idea of the Package and the need for battling climate changes.

    IT versus competitiveness in energy

    27 June 2008, 11.00 AM
    The Polish Press Agency, 6/8 Bracka, Warsaw

    The Polish Energy Market remains still facing intense and risky changes. The main task is improve of efficiency and competitiveness enabled by introducing the newest IT solutions. It is becoming one of the strategic targets in the sector. Energy sector is about to face consolidation process and adaptation its structure to solutions used on the European and World markets.

    Modern IT solutions allow for integrating the companies business models and manufacturing processes, as well as impact on costs decrease and more precise management, using the large scale effect, synergy, unification and processes optimising, control improve as well as broadening investement abilities.  

    The challenges have to be faced by both energy companies and IT sector. It systems centralisation like also ensuring data processing safety, adaptation of the systems to fast changing law, increasing competitiveness and companies consolidation, are badly needed.

    The debate will be attended by:

    Debate
    Reduction of CO2 emission - power restitution

    25 April 2008, 11:00 AM
    the Polish Press Agency, 6/8 Bracka, Warsaw

        The debate will be a next event focused on this crucially important currently subject. Polish energy and government have to face two vital challenges - announcement of new CO2 emissions rights allocation system and phenomenom of lowering system reserve (or decreasing system safety margin). Economical and political consequences of the challenges might be huge. Access to the electro-energy is treated as an indicator of civilisation level and progress. At the same time from 2013 on the energy sector will have to ask for emission rights within the auctioning system, which will result in the estimated cost of 5.1 billion €/year. Financial loads will rise dramatically when system reserve at the late January this year already decreased to 3% of the system power. We can even imagine situation when Poland is introducing system turn-offs or even spontanuous black outs. 

    Main aim of the debate is to draw attention to the above problems and discussing possible solutions. To lower down impact of unavoidable price rise, related to it inflation impulse and anxiety or even possible social crisis, it is necessary to process organised activities, which representatives of Polish authorities and economy would participate in.

    Among invited presenters are:

    31 March 2008, 11:00 AM, the Polish Press Agency, 6/8 Bracka, Warsaw
     
     
    Metering management is an assumption of competitive energy market model aim, which was presented by the President of the Polish Energy Regulation Office as early as in 2005. Nowadays need for reopening the activities for market competitiveness is becoming more and more visible, when energy sector companies still focus on issues related to the consolidation and organising changes.
     
    The debate is aimed to start discussion, which will help set priorities for the Polish energy market development.

    One of the elements helping to make the energy sector more dinamic is establishing the Independent Metering Operator, which main task would be managing metering instruments and measures enabling demand management like also finally predicting and storing changes of the market.

     Is this kind of institution necessary and feasible? Whom mainly the Independent Metering Operator might help and which problems could it solve? Who will pay for it? Will introducing the Independent Metering Operator allow introducing the electronic reading of all households?

    The debate will be attended by: