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Poland’s 2050 policy outlines move away from coal

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The Polish government has published a draft energy policy, which looks to reduce dependency on coal in favour of a low-carbon energy mix.

The document released for consultation (which runs until September 1st) outlines a strategy of moving away from generation through brown and black coal through introducing nuclear power and renewables, according a draft energy policy to 2050 released for consultation.

The policy comprises two main scenarios, both of which advocate introducing nuclear power in 2020 and expanding to become “an important element of the energy sector after 2025”, along with renewable sources.
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Both scenarios would lead to the consumption of coal dropping by close to 40 per cent, a significant drop as brown and black coal currently fuel over 90 per cent of Polish electricity.

One scenario envisages nuclear power producing 50 TWh per year from 2035 – in line with the government’s ambition to build two nuclear power plants with capacity of 3000 MW each. At the same time, renewables grow to about 60 TWh per year in 2035 and on to about 75 TWh by 2050.

The other scenario has nuclear growing more quickly and by 2050 producing 74 TWh per year, while renewables expand more gradually to 49 TWh in 2050.