Warsaw vs Brussels in capacity market debate

Poland is pushing ahead with plans to support its coal power plants with a capacity market, but these will bring it into conflict with proposed EU law
Patnow coal plant, Poland. Warsaw hopes to help the country’s coal plants. (Zepak)

Poland’s attempts to support its ailing coal sector with the launch of a capacity market faces stiff opposition from Brussels.

Warsaw’s planned capacity market is incompatible with the European Commission’s proposed Winter Package. If adopted, the EU regulations would include strict limits on which power plants are eligible for support.

The current EU proposal includes capping carbon dioxide emissions for eligible technologies at 550 grams of CO2 per kWh, which means existing coal- and lignite-fired power plants would not qualify for a national capacity scheme. 


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