On April 6, the Polish response to a request for the immediate closure of the PGE's Turów lignite mine was submitted to the Court of Justice of the European Union. PGE Polska Grupa Energetyczna considers the Czech government's demands as a dangerous precedent carrying a serious risk of a ‘predatory’ energy transition in contrast to just transition promoted by the European Commission. The international legal battle brought by the Czech authorities over the future of the PGE GiEK's power complex in Turów threatens the future of the European Green Deal.
The Polish Energy Regulatory Office has awarded a Contract for Difference to the Baltica 3 and Baltica 2 offshore wind farms with a total capacity of up to 2.5 GW. The investment, will contribute significantly to Poland’s green energy transition, accelerate the development of the local supply chain and spur economic activity for many years to come.
Wojciech Dąbrowski, President of the Management Board of PGE Polska Grupa Energetyczna, opened an international Politico discussion on the role of offshore wind energy in achieving the European Union's climate neutrality target by 2050. The high-level debate was attended, among others, by Michał Kurtyka - the Minister of Climate and Environment and the EU Commissioner for Energy, Kadri Simson.
PGE assess the proposed technical screening criteria for the replacement of CHP plants using coal by highly efficient gas-fired cogeneration, which appear in the leaked draft delegated act to the Taxonomy Regulation, as prohibitive for such investments and the proposed provision to be unusable in practice. The proposed technical screening criteria fall short of resolving the problem of coal to gas switch in CEE region in a meaningful way.
A new strategy until 2030 with an outlook to 2050, ordering of assets, reduction of debt by over PLN 2 billion, and preparing the PGE Group for transition – these are the main actions taken by PGE's Management Board in 2020.