Poland  Renewable Energy Forum 2014

Our Poland Renewable Energy Forum 2014 took place in the prestigious InterContinental Hotel in Warsaw on the 27th March 2014. Attracting over 60 local and international representatives, the event provided unique opportunities for industry key players to tackle main issues facing the development of the renewable energy market in Poland and adoption of cleaner energy sources.

We would like to thank all our event partners, media associates and our chairman Mr Robert Kuraszkiewicz (the Renewable Energy Association, Poland), who provided a welcoming address, followed by Mr Martin Oxley (UKTI, British Embassy in Warsaw, Poland) and Mr Paweł Ryglewicz (Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency, Ministry of Foreign Affairs, Poland). The session continued with an update of EU energy and climate policies and the current situation of renewables in Poland by Mr Pierre Dechamps (European Commission, Belgium). Mr Cetnarski (The Polish Wind Energy Association, Poland) then took to the stage offering an insight of the wind energy development and potential consequences of the draft law on renewable energy in Poland. Ms Agime Gerbeti (Regulatory Affairs Unit, GSE, Italy) gave a thorough analysis of auction systems drawing from the Italian experience. These presentations introduced the panel discussion on Market trends and analysis, chaired by Mr Jan Biernacki (PwC, Poland) joined by: Mr Michal Koczalski (CEC Government Relations, Poland), Ms Anna Pobłocka, (Eclareon GmbH, Germany), Dr Gregor Rinke, (Seeger Green Energy LLC, Germany), Ms Izabela Kielichowska (GE Energy, Poland) and Dr Grzegorz Wasiewski, White & Case, Poland) who further debated the main challenges faced by the renewable sector in Poland.

After a brief networking coffee break, Mr Mariusz Popiołek (The National Fund for Environmental Protection and Water Management, Poland) opened the Financing Renewable Energy Projects session by speaking about national funds available for  renewable energy projects, followed by Mr Christopher Jasiak's presentation (Esperotia Investments, Poland) on financing options and bankability of biomass projects from the private investor's perspective. Mr Rodney Kincaid (Balmoral Capital Holdings, United States) then showcased  opportunities for co-financing renewable energy projects. The forum proceeded with Energy Related Investments in Poland panel discussion led by the panel chair Mr Krzysztof Młynarz (Windyfields Polska Sp. z o.o., Poland). Other panellists included: Mr Grzegorz Zielinski (EBRD, Poland), Mr Rodney Kincaid (Balmoral Capital Holdings, United States), Mr Janusz Markowski, (Bank BGŻ , Poland) and Mr Christopher Jasiak (Esperotia Investments, Poland). Highlights of the debate included challenges and limitations for investors and availability of equity and debt finance for investments in RES.

Lunch ensued, facilitating a further opportunity to meet new clients and develop partnerships.

The forum continued with a session on Integrating RES to the Grid. Mr Maciej Szambelańczyk (Wiercinski, Kwiecinski, Baehr, WKB, Poland) opened the session outlining practical implications of recent amendments to the Energy Law on grid connections and prospective changes on the horizon. Mr Krzysztof Muller (PGE Energia Odnawialna S.A., Poland)  then gave a brief insight into limits for wind power penetration, followed by Mr Marek Szałas's presentation (The  Certificate of Origin Register, Poland) on the role of the Polish Power Exchange in the implementation of the support system. The last presentation of the session was given by Mr Grzegorz Wiśniewski (The Institute for Renewable Energy, Poland) who provided the audience with information regarding microgeneration and prosumer type decentralised energy. The final panel of distinguished individuals chaired by Mr Piotr Syryczyński, (WS Atkins - Polska sp. z o.o., Poland) included: Mr Krzysztof Muller (PGE Energia Odnawialna S.A., Poland), Mr Cetnarski (The Polish Wind Energy Association, Poland), Mr Grzegorz Wiśniewski (The Institute for Renewable Energy, Poland), Mr Maciej Szambelańczyk (Wiercinski, Kwiecinski, Baehr, WKB, Poland) and Mr Marek Szałas (The  Certificate of Origin Register, Poland) discussing main obstacles to integrating the whole system.

The conference closed with a final remark from our Chairman assessing what really needs to be done. As Mr Kuraszkiewicz stated, there are many issues to be solved and without greater support from the Government the progress will be slow or unfeasible.

The forum closed with a cocktail reception allowing participants to relax over a glass of wine.

 EEL Events thanks all who attended our successful PREF 2014 and we look forward to welcoming you back to our upcoming 10th CEE Energy Conference (June 2014, Warsaw). If you would like to be involved as a sponsor, speaker, panellist or delegate please contact us directly ana.bankovic@eelevents.co.uk.



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