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Poland’s gas-to-power faces hurdles despite coal rethink

Poland looks set to speed up its transition from coal to cleaner energy, but politics may stand in the way of building new gas-fired power plants Poland looks set to speed up its transition from coal to cleaner energy, but politics may stand in the way of building new gas-fired power plants.
By Anna Gumbau 7 February 2020 Europe & Russia / Policy & Regulation 0 35006
The Patnow coal power plant in Poland. (Zepak)

Poland may review its prospects for hard coal and lignite power generation in the next few months, potentially speeding up its energy transition beyond the ambition outlined its final National Energy and Climate Plan (NECP) submitted to the European Commission late last year.

But the prospects do not bode well for gas-fired power generation. Warsaw is strongly betting on onshore and offshore wind, and politics may also be standing in the way of new gas-fired units.

The prospect of remaining dependent on Russian gas...