March 12, 2012

  Transmission network investment plans for Poland published

Due to a change in the schedule of new generation connection, 5 investments in Poland have been moved from mid-term (completed until 2017) to long-term (completed until 2021): 400kV OHL Kozienice - Ołtarzew, Pątnów - Grudziądz, Grudziądz - Gdańsk Przyjaźń, Ostrołęka - Olsztyn Mątki and Dobrzeń - Pasikurowice/Wrocław. Regulatory, social and environmental problems resulted in delay of the 400kV OHL śydowo - Słupsk and 400kV OHL śydowo - Gdańsk Przyjaźń commissioning in Poland. 

  Global Cleantech Innovation Index for Y2012 published by WWF and Cleantech Group

Poland is one of 38 countries ranked in the Global Cleantech Innovation Index 2012 published by WWF and Cleantech Group. The ranking was prepared investigating the following sectors: Wind, Water & Wastewater, Transportation, Solar, Smart Grid, Recycling & Waste, Materials, Energy Storage, Energy Efficiency, Biofuels & Biomaterials, Air & Environment, Agriculture. The report is based on four innovation factors as A: General Innovation Drivers • General innovation inputs • Entrepreneurial culture B: Cleantech- Specific Innovation Drivers • Government policies • Public R&D spending • Access to private finance • Infrastructure for renewables • Cleantech industry organizations C: Evidence of Emerging Cleantech Innovation • Early-stage private investment • High impact companies •Environmental patents D: Evidence of Commercialised Cleantech Innovation • Company revenues • Renewable energy consumption • Employees • Late-stage investment and exits • Listed cleantech companies. Unfortunately the authors didn’t evaluate Poland in a positive manner (in Europe only Bulgaria, Romania and Greece are ranked below): “Poland scores very low on all four factors in the cleantech innovation index. The country lacks innovation drivers, has poor general innovation inputs, limited access to private finance and few supportive government policies. The country has seen very little Venture Capital investment and has produced few environmental patents. On the bright side Polish cleantech companies have moderately strong revenues, and the country has seen a number of M&As, if not private equity deals or IPOs. Poland sits low in the list, with neighboring Eastern European countries both above and below. Poland also neighbors high-ranking Germany which provides opportunities for collaboration in this field.” This bad positioning is remarkable, as Poland has a large resource of engineers and Polish equipment engineering and IT engineering is known worldwide for its quality. So let’s await a breakthrough soon.

See: Index.pdf 

  Some facts about (Co-)Firing of biomass

Just the biomass import of wood amounts to nearby one million tons in 2011. Poland imports already biomass from more than 50 different countries, mainly from Russia – Russia is as well the main source of imported energy, coal. In 2011 the import of energetic biomass amounted to 1.7 mln tons worth 700 mln PLN. From 2006 to 2011 to prices for biomass increased from 150 PLN per ton to 300 PLN per ton, what causes serious problems for the furniture and the paper industry located in Poland. The production of electric energy by (Co-)Firing of biomass in 2011 amounted to 7 TWh, with more than 5 TWh by (Co-)Firing biomass in CHP Power plants. According to the KPD plan, the plan for the future Polish energy mix until 2020, prepared by Polish government in accordance with the 28/2009/EU Renewable Energy directive, electric energy produced by (Co-)Firing of biomass shall boost to an amount of 14.4 TWh to meet the EU 20-20-20 targets. To achieve this production level of electric energy the consumption of biomass must increase to 18 mln tons per year, whereas all Polish sources of biomass are already exhausted and EU environmental restrictions won’t lead to a higher production. Therefore the import of biomass from outside of the EU has to increase to 13 mln tons per year (what is equal to the yearly production of municipal waste in Poland) worth more than 6 bln PLN, what is a larger amount than the costs for importing conventional gas in 2010. 


  Save the date

Cleantech Business Mixer
by and Pure SkyClub
Warsaw, March 21, 2012
from 7 p.m. at Skylight Building adjacent to Zloty Terasy (entry from Emilii Plater street) R.S.V.P. mob.: 508 293 385 

  Next issue coming March 26, 2012

inter alia about legal possibilities to prevent against unacceptable grid connection costs and about changes to the governmental draft of the RES Act (if published at that time). 


For more information please contact:



dr Christian Schnell
venture agreements
C. David DeBenedetti J.D.
project finance
Joanna Świostek
project development/planning
and building law/commercial

DeBenedetti Majewski Szcześniak has been chosen
by Corporate Intl Magazine 2012 as the:

“Renewable Energy Law, Firm of the Year in Poland”

“Project Finance Law, Firm of the Year in Poland”

“Investment Funds Law, Firm of the Year in Poland”




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