Factsheet: Energy law

Energy law

Key Information
Full name of Instrument & Measure (English): 
Energy Law (Act of 10 April 1997) ; Order of 18 October 2012 establishing detailed provisions on the obligations
Full name of Instrument & Measure (native language): 
Prawo energetyczne (Ustawa z dnia 10 kwietnia 1997 r. ) ; Rozporzadzenie z dnia 18 października 2012 r. w sprawie szczególowego zakresu obowiazków
Description: 
In Poland, the main incentive for renewable energy use is a quota system in terms of a quota obligation, which is combined with a certificate trading scheme. Plant operators producing electricity using renewable energy sources receive 1 Green Certificate (certificate of origin) per 1 MWh of generated electricity. The Energy Law obliges some industrial customers, electricity generators, electricity suppliers, end-users who are members of the commodity exchange, commodity brokerage houses or brokerage houses to meet a certain quota of green certificates (certificates of origin). As an alternative, the companies may pay a fee. Satisfying neither of these obligations carries a penalty. Electricity producers may also sell their electricity on the market or offer it to an electricity supplier at last year's market price. Operators of micro-installations (installations using renewable energy sources with a capacity up to 40 kW, who decide to sell their generated electricity to an electricity supplier receive only 80% of last year's market price.
Goal/Aim: 
Increase the share of renewable energy

Sector/Topic targeted:

Responsible Authority: 
Urząd Regulacji Energetyki (URE) – Energy Regulatory Office

Status:

Trade Relevance: 
some restrictions on woody biomass in big (>5MW) electricity production
Year Instrument & Measure Started: 
1997
Year Last Instrument & Measure was last Amended: 
2013