Wind Energy Market in Poland

During annual conferences Polish Wind Energy Association creates an opportunity to participate in many interesting sessions as a speaker, panellist or auditor and meet the most important players on the wind power market. The Conference is attended by foreign investors interested in implementing wind farm projects in Poland, representatives of energy transmission and distribution sector, as well as industry associations. The Conference is an unique opportunity to meet representatives of governmental institutions and the Parliament, responsible for the regulation and development of wind power market rules in Poland.

PWEA Conference includes:
* Dozens of papers discussing in detail the issues related to the wind power market in Poland and Europe;
* Almost 1000 participants;
* Unforgettable Gala Dinner.

The fifth edition of the PWEA’s “Wind Energy Market in Poland” Conference, that will be held in Hilton hotel on the 19th of April 2010 is of particular character – unusually, this will be a one-day event starting the European EWEC 2010 Conference and fair.

Next year the PWEA Conference, referred to as the Polish Day, will be part of the European Wind Energy Conference 2010 organised in Warsaw by European Wind Energy Association, with strong PWEA support. Next day on the 20th of April, common pllenary session of PWEA and EWEA will be held in Expo XXI.

During the Polish Day on 19 April 2010 in Hilton Hotel in Warsaw you will have the opportunity to participate in four parallel thematic sessions – Business and policy, Power engineering, Human and the environment and The potential and future of wind power. Each session will comprise of four panels, attended by more than 50 speakers and moderators.

Before 2000 wind energy was not used as a power source in Poland. Now, compared with countries like Germany (24 GW), Spain (16.7 GW) and Denmark (3.2 GW), Poland seems to be at the start of the road. There are 282 licensed wind farms in Poland, mainly on the Baltic coast and in the Carpathian mountain range.

‘The time of preparing an investment is exceptionally long – up to 6 years’ Wojciech Sztuba, managing partner at TPA Horwath said. Receiving a permit to connect a wind farm to the energy distribution network is the biggest obstacle.

Other barriers include environment-related matters, lack of land development plans, a year long waiting time for energy power examination and another year for the construction permit.

It is planned that the capacity of wind farms operating in Poland will reach 11-14 GW. Plans to add 500 MW per year make Poland an attractive market for wind farm component producers. Danish-owned LM Glasfiber, manufacturer of fibreglass blades for wind turbines, is to open a plant in the north-western town of Goleniów in March. Iberdola of Spain is the largest investor in wind farms followed by EDP Renewables of Portugal and GEI Fund from Switzerland.

Poland has implemented a special support system for renewable energy production which guarantees green energy will be purchased for prices fixed by the state. Green certificates trade is another source of income in Poland.