Poland's government to finish new renewable energy law before end of January, says deputy prime minister; previously, draft law was expected to be released in mid-November 2013

LOS ANGELES , January 17, 2014 () – The Polish government will finish its new renewable energy law before the end of January, according to comments made by Deputy Prime Minister and Economy Minister Janusz Piechociński, the Warsaw Business Journal reported on Jan 17.

The government will work to support the country’s economy rather than special interest groups, Piechociński told Polish Radio.

Poland, which has been working on new renewable energy regulations since 2011, was aiming to lower renewable energy suppliers’ costs by 40% by 2014 by auctioning off fixed-price contracts for generators and by reducing subsidies, according to a November 2013 article in the Industry Intelligence archives.

At that time, Deputy Economy Minister Jerzy Pietrewicz said the country was hoping to release its final draft renewable energy legislation by the middle of November 2013, and the rules might go into effect as early as the beginning of 2014.

European Union energy targets for Poland call on it to expand its use of renewable energy to 20% of its total energy use in 2020, up from 11.5% in 2012, according to the Industry Intelligence archives.

The primary source of this article is the Warsaw Business Journal, Warsaw, Poland, on Jan. 17, 2014.

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