SPcleantech organized on 28.01.2020 in cooperation with the Department of the Environment of the Malopolska Marshal’s Office the conference “Amendments to the RES Act as an opportunity for biogas plants?”. During the conference, invited experts discussed the issue of barriers for emerging and functioning biogas plants in the broader context of all stakeholders operating in this industry. Representatives of 180 municipalities of Lesser Poland were invited to the conference, in particular a group of 62 eco-advisers, positions created under the EU LIFE project. The meeting was attended by environmentalists, representatives of municipalities and starosties, farmers, trade unions, as well as scientists and entrepreneurs.
The meeting was an opportunity to learn the mechanisms of creating biogas plants. During the event legal and financial aspects of the functioning of such plants were presented. The possibilities of financial support from the funds from the Provincial Fund for Environmental Protection and Water Management were discussed. Practical aspects of agricultural biogas plant operation were also presented. Visions of the development perspective of the biomethane market in Poland were presented in the context of European experience. Participants also learned why it is worth investing in renewable energy sources (RES) and how to obtain biomass.
Amendments to the Act on renewable energy sources, which entered into force in August 2019, opened up new opportunities for the development of the domestic agricultural biogas plant sector.
By the way, the RES Act also introduced new auction baskets in the auction system and even set maximum prices that investors will be able to submit in individual auctions scheduled for this year (previously these prices were given in the ordinance of the Minister of Energy).
The following auction baskets now apply to the auction system:
In basket 1. there is space for:
1) installations using only biogas obtained from landfills,
2) installations using only biogas obtained from sewage treatment plants,
3) installations using exclusively biogas other than those specified in items 1 and 2 above,
4) only a dedicated biomass combustion installation or hybrid systems,
5) only installations using biomass, bioliquids, biogas or agricultural biogas burned in a dedicated multi-fuel combustion installation, 6) only dedicated installations for biomass combustion or hybrid systems, in high-efficiency cogeneration.
Basket 2 provides space for three technologies:
1) installations using exclusively hydropower to generate electricity and
2) installations using only geothermal energy to generate electricity, as well as
3) installations using only offshore wind energy.
Basket 3. is dedicated to installations using exclusively agricultural biogas.
In basket 4, installations using only onshore wind energy and installations using only solar radiation will compete for support.
However, the last basket 5 provides support only for hybrid installations.
Short TV report from the conference – TV Malopolska