Poland renews plans for nuclear power

  • Michaela Ceklová
  • 14.9.2017 18:58

According to a report released on 11 September, Poland is switching to nuclear power, while on 6 September Polish energy minister Krzysztof Tchorzewski said that Poland will no longer invest in new coal-fired power plants in the future.  

Poland is one of the few EU member states dependent on fossil fuels, which is in contradiction with the EU's climate policy, and also one of the few EU countries that does not have the potential to fully utilize renewable energy sources. At present Poland relies on coal, 90% of domestic electricity consumption is covered by coal-fired power plants. Similarly to the Czech Republic, renewable sources can be considered a secondary source of energy, and Poland, like the Czech Republic, will have to start considering possibly using nuclear power to meet European emissions reduction requirements and increase its share of clean energy. Poland is thus planning to open its first nuclear power plant, ideally by the end of the next decade. The original plan for the construction of the nuclear power plant was introduced in 2009 but was suspended for an indefinite period after the nuclear disaster in Fukushima in 2011. This change is relatively paradoxical, given Poland's long-standing negative attitude towards other energy sources.

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