Renewables to account for 13-14 pct of power usage in 2020 - dep min

Zyska highlighted the growth of solar power in Poland. "We built the first 1 GW over eight years, and the second GW will emerge in a mere eight months," he said. Leszek Szymański/PAP

Poland may not reach the target level of 15 percent of renewable energy sources (RESs) in general gross energy consumption in 2020, with a share of 13-14 percent more likely, Deputy Climate Minister Ireneusz Zyska announced on Wednesday.

Zyska expressed the government's hope that it would not face EU sanctions for failing to meet the target.

"Depending on what the generation will be from RESs, (...) if energy consumption will be at that level, and there may be a slight slump due to a second wave of the pandemic, the share of RESs may be in the region of 13 percent, maybe 14 percent," Zyska told journalists on the sidelines of the European Economic Congress in Katowice, southern Poland. The deputy minister went on to note that other European countries, particularly Germany, are also having problems in achieving their stated targets.

"I really wouldn't expect that we will be met with sanctions because of that," he said. "We're protected by the fact that we're undertaking definite actions, positively assessed by the European Commission, in the context of developing new sources of RESs. (...) We are trustworthy," he added, going on to say that the vector for achieving aims in the coming years would protect Poland from EC sanctions.

On the subject of reaching the 15-percent target, Zyska said: "If the investments contracted in RES auctions in 2018 and 2019 are carried out, which were postponed because of COVID-19, including 3 GW of power in onshore, there is a high probability that in the course of 2021 we will achieve the level of 15 percent."

Zyska also highlighted the growth of solar power in Poland.

"We built the first 1 GW over eight years, and the second GW will emerge in a mere eight months," he said.