Poland aims to reduce its reliance on coal to 60% by 2030

Polish ministry of Energy has announced that it will reduce its dependence on coal to just 60% by 2030 from the current 80%. The country has just last week ratified the Paris Climate Change Accord, which is designed to reduce CO2 emissions. However, lack of alternative energy sources and difficult relationship of successive governments with miner’s unions may make this pledge difficult to fulfil.

Polish power generation increased to 12.7TWh in June, up 2.2% m-o-m and up 1.2% y-o-y. Coal-fired generation declined to 6TWh, down 0.9% m-o-m and down 8.6% y-o-y; whereas lignite-fired generation increased to 4.2TWh, up 1.9% m-o-m and up 4.2% y-o-y. Gas-fired generation totalled 0.5TWh, down 1% m-o-m but still was 27.3% higher y-o-y. Wind generation increased to 1TWh, up 21.4% m-o-m and up 73.7% y-o-y.

Polish power generation increased to 83TWh in H117, up 4.1% y-o-y. Coal-fired generation declined to 40TWh, down 1.9% y-o-y; whereas lignite-fired generation increased to 4.2TWh, up 10.1% y-o-y. Gas-fired generation increased to 3.2TWh, up 8.9% y-o-y. Power generation from wind farms increased to 6.7TWh, up 21.6% y-o-y.