Poland's energy utilities may bid to become reserves in 2014
Some Polish energy utilities will be paid to keep old power plants on line as backup capacity in a bid to avoid electricity shortage, Polish energy regulator URE said on Tuesday.
From January 2014, Polish energy utilities will be able to take part in tenders to become operational power reserves.
The chairman of URE, Marek Woszczyk, said that zlotych 400m (€95.6m) will be dedicated to help power plants facing closures to stay on line.
This follows another tender launched in June by the operator of Poland’s transmission grid, PSE, to let power generation units opting out of the Large Combustion Plant Directive remain operative past 2016 by bidding to become winter reserve plants ( see EDEM 7 June 2013 ).
The bidding in the PSE tender is expected to be resolved by the end of this year, saving 1000MW of capacity that would otherwise be taken off line, the grid operator said.
Measures to avoid the possible capacity crunch that Poland will face in 2016 came after remarks made by a PSE board member, Piotr Rak, on 17 October that 4.5GW of Poland’s installed power capacity will be taken off line by 2015, while only 4GW of new capacity will be built between 2018-2019. ( see EDEM 17 October 2013. ). Karolina Zagrodna
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