Year:2016 (July)
Policy status:In Force
Date Effective:2016 (July)
Policy Type:Regulatory Instruments, Policy Support, Economic Instruments>Fiscal/financial incentives>Feed-in tariffs/premiums, Economic Instruments>Market-based instruments
Policy Target:Energy Sector>Electricity Generation>Renewable, Framework/ Multi-sectoral Policy
Agency:Ministry of Energy

In February 2015 Poland adopted its long debated Renewable Energy Law. The new law was amended two times and entered into force in July 2016.  The Law replaces green certificate system with auction scheme. The first auction took place on 30th of December 2016 with results being announced early January 2017.

All technolgies are allowed to bid in the auction, except of hydro plants larger than 20 MW and biomass plants larger than 50 MW. For the purpose of the auction system they are grouped into technological baskets. Auctions are performed separately for each technological basket. There is also a division of auctions dedicated to (1) installations with a capacity lower than 1 MW and (2) with a capacity higher than 1 MW. Auctions will be held at least once a year. Contracts awarded via auctions will have a duration of maximum 15 years but no longer than until 2035 (in case of offshore wind - until 2040). Every year until the end of October the goverment will announce the total capacity of renewable energy to be autioned. Every year a maximum price for each technological basket will be announced.


The act entered into force in May 2015 with an exclusion of provisions regarding a new support system based on auctions which were to enter into force by 1st January 2016. As a result of amendment of the law, the enter into force provisions on the new support system was delayed until 1st July 2016.  This delay enabled to complete the ongoing investment processes and to develop renewable energy by approximately 860 MW of installed capacity in the first quarter of 2016. Regulations regarding the new support system entered into force on 1st July 2016. The act was substantially amended in June 2016 just before entering into force. Changes in the last amendment introduced the preferential rules of accounting for the smallest installations together with the cancellation of the investment limit for new microinstallations. Changes in the auction system were also made, directing the system towards support for the technological baskets and growth of competition between entrepreneurs operating within the same technological basket.

This record supersedes:Obligation for Power Purchase from Renewable Sources , Energy Law Act

Last modified: Fri, 20 Jan 2017 14:28:02 CET