Poland’s Deputy Economy Minister Jerzy Pietrewicz says the country will not increase the number of coal power plants but will instead focus on making existing plants more efficient.

“We will not back out of coal, but neither will our future electricity production developments be based on coal,” and that in the long term, “the growth of Polish electricity production will not come from coal,” Pietrewicz explained at an energy summit in Gdańsk.

Poland’s existing coal plant capacity, including Belchatow, Europe’s largest (above), accounts for 85 per cent of its electricity production.

A well as modernising the fleet, the Polish government is also considering the introduction of a smart grid.

At the same summit, Pietrewicz also warned that the EU’s energy policy may result in higher production costs in Poland and more imports of electricity.

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