In February 2017, on the initiative of the Polish-German Wind Energy Circle, a meeting of investors with a total investment volume in the Polish wind energy sector of over 2 billion euros was held. In a gloomy mood, the Polish government's activities in the field of renewable energy and possible countermeasures were then discussed. This was only one of many seminars of this type during which GPWEC presented and discussed the legal situation in Poland and alternative investment opportunities in the energy sector.
At the time, none of the participants expected that Deputy Prime Minister Jadwiga Emilewicz, Minister of Energy in the Law and Justice government, would announce that Poland 'would be the country with the highest number of new investments in renewable energies by 2050'. In 2016, this was even unthinkable, but such a statement was made, as can be seen from the media reports: https://www.money.pl/gospodarka/pis-przeprasza-sie-z-wiatrem-emilewicz-chce-zasilic-polske-pradem-z-oze-6537287472191105a.html
The few courageous investors who saw an opportunity to buy wind turbines cheaply in the deepest crisis in Poland in 2016/2017, when the property tax on wind turbines quadrupled in addition to the 10H regulation, were right, because it was no longer profitable for anyone to produce wind energy in Poland. These investors are now best positioned in Poland.
Now, with the planned modification of the 10H regulation, the political obstacles will be removed and the further development of wind energy in Poland can be supported unhindered. For the GPWEC this means that we can now resume our normal work: To inform, network and support the wind energy stakeholders in Poland and Germany.
GPWEC would like to thank all the members and supporters of the Club for the support they have received so far for the development of Polish wind energy, which undoubtedly had a positive impact on the lobbying work of the Club. Thanks to this, investors from the wind energy sector were able to agree among themselves on their plans and perspectives and thus were encouraged to continue their investments in Poland.
GPWEC is planning a regulars' table in September this year for networking and a seminar on PPA models in Poland for our general meeting on the 19th of November 2020. Concrete invitations will follow.