Renewable Energy Act of Poland (Amended)

Source: IEA/IRENA Renewables Policies Database
Last updated: 22 August 2018

In February 2015 Poland adopted its long-debated Renewable Energy Act. The new law was amended two times and entered into force in July 2016.  The Law replaces the green certificate system with auction scheme.

The first auction took place on 30th of December 2016 with results being announced early January 2017. Further auctions took place in spring 2017 and were scheduled as well for summer and autumn 2017. However, the latter two 2017 auction rounds were canceled as the Act was not clear on combining auction contract with other forms of public support breaching EU’s rules on fair competition. These inaccuracies triggered work on the subsequent amendment to the Act that entered into force on 29th of June 2018.

The June 2018 amendment modified the auction system and in effect unblocked it. The Energy Regulatory Office (URE) of Poland is obliged to organise and run auction rounds by the end of 2018 and in 2019 in order to bring new renewable power capacity into the system.  

The June 2018 amendment modified auction technology baskets. The new baskets are as follow:


(PL: “Koszyk”)

Technologies eligible


  • Basket 1



  • 1) installations using only biogas obtained from landfills;
  • 2) installations using only biogas obtained from sewage treatment plants;
  • 3) installations using only biogas other than those specified in items 1 and 2 above;
  • 4) exclusively dedicated biomass combustion installations or hybrid systems;
  • 5) only installations using biomass, biogas, biogas or agricultural biogas incinerated in a dedicated multi-fuel combustion plant;
  • 6) exclusively dedicated to biomass combustion installations or hybrid systems, in high-efficiency cogeneration. 


Basket 2


  • 1) installations using only hydropower for electricity generation and
  • 2) installations using only geothermal energy for generating electricity, as well
  • 3) installations using only offshore wind energy. 


Basket 3

Agriculture biogas installations

Basket 4


  • 1) onshore wind
  • 2) solar PV installations 


Basket 5

Hybrid installations

Projects selected through auction processes will receive 15 year long Power Purchase Agreements.

Every year until the end of October the government will announce the total capacity of renewable energy to be auctioned in the following year. Every year a maximum price for each technological basket will be announced.

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End uses covered
  • Electricity end-uses