Poland's declining coal dependence risks a looming power deficit

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For Poland, building coal-fired electricity generation during the Soviet era was an easy option as indigenous supplies were in abundance. However, due to European Union environmental legislation, namely the Large Combustion Plant Directive (LCPD), European countries have been forced to review their carbon intensive electricity production methods and consequently Poland will have to close 8.1GW of thermal capacity by 2015. The EU decarbonisation policy and broad legislative frameworks are key,

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  • Executive Summary
  • Background
  • Large Combustion Plant Directive
    • Low prices
  • Poor Policy Environment
  • Imports as a short-term solution
  • Renewable generation
  • Shale gas
  • Conclusion

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This report includes 5 images and tables including:


  • Chart 1: Polish installed capacity (2012)
  • Chart 2: Percentage of coal in electricity output (2000-2012)
  • Chart 3: Poland net import position forecast (2000-2030)
  • Chart 4: Poland net imports (2012)
  • Chart 5: Poland electricity grid map

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