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High prices for coal power, dirty air spark growing support for renewable energy in Poland

first_imgHigh prices for coal power, dirty air spark growing support for renewable energy in Poland FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享Bloomberg:As he stood outside a coal mine during a campaign stop last month, Poland’s Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki surprisingly touted the project’s green credentials. “Without investments like this one, we wouldn’t have renewable energy and other industries that we are betting on,” Morawiecki told a crowd of miners in Silesia, the country’s coal heartland.The mention of renewable energy at all, in the weeks leading up to an election on Sunday, marks a change of tone in the country, which gets most of its power from coal and has previously stifled renewable investments. With wind and solar costs plummeting and an increasing public backlash against some of the dirtiest air in the region, the government is changing its rhetoric on energy and looking to the European Union to help finance the transition.Morawiecki’s Law & Justice party came to power in 2015 thanks in part to support from miners. In its first year, the government nearly halted the fast-developing onshore wind industry with restrictive laws. At the same time, it revived a 1 gigawatt coal-fired power plant project in Ostroleka — whose backers now struggle to find financing.A tripling in the price of emission permits last year also hit Polish coal hard, with wholesale power prices currently about 25% above levels in neighboring Germany. The government stymied the impact to consumers by freezing household electricity rates and limiting the increase for businesses.Then last year, the government held an auction for new onshore wind projects. Developers, including state-owned utility PGE SA and international players EDP Renovaveis SA and Innogy SE bid to sell power at prices that were far below what the market had expected. “That was a big turning point,” said Bart Dujczynski, founder of Proventus Renewables Ltd., which advises on renewable energy projects in Poland. “It made opposition to renewables quite difficult to justify because economically, it was very attractively priced.”Energy Minister Krzysztof Tchorzewski, a major proponent of coal power, has championed a 1 billion-zloty ($255 million) solar subsidy program. Additionally, the government plans to auction a record 3.4 gigawatts of renewable energy this year. The country’s photovoltaic capacity passed the 1 gigawatt mark on Oct. 1, up 158% from a year earlier, as households and enterprises sped up installations of solar panels.More: Poland’s backing wind power in the heart of coal countrylast_img read more

World congratulates Joe Biden on U.S. presidential election win

first_img“The US is our most important ally and I look forward to working closely together on our shared priorities, from climate change to trade and security,” he wrote.In a pair of tweets, Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi also congratulated Biden and Harris.- Advertisement – – Advertisement – German Chancellor Angela Merkel and Belgian Prime Minister Alexander De Croo were also among those to congratulate Harris on her historic achievement.In a statement, Merkel added, “Congratulations! The American citizens have made their decision,” Merkel said in a statement. “I am looking forward to working with President Biden in the future. Our transatlantic friendship is irreplaceable if we want to master the great challenges of our time.”Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau wrote, “Our two countries are close friends, partners, and allies. We share a relationship that’s unique on the world stage. I’m really looking forward to working together and building on that with you both.”In a statement, the Canadian leader said he would work with the United States to “advance peace and inclusion, economic prosperity, and climate action around the world”.  NATO Secretary-General Jens Stoltenberg congratulated Biden, calling him a “strong supporter of NATO and the transatlantic relationship.“US leadership is as important as ever in an unpredictable world, and I look forward to working very closely with President-elect Biden, Vice President-elect Kamala Harris and the new administration to further strengthen the bond between North America and Europe,” he said.“A strong NATO is good for North America and good for Europe.”European Commission President Ursula von der Leyen said she “warmly” congratulated Biden in a statement on Twitter and said, “The European Commission stands ready to intensify cooperation with the new Administration and the new Congress to address pressing challenges we face.”French President Emmanuel Macron wrote in a tweet: “The Americans have chosen their President. We have a lot to do to overcome today’s challenges. Let’s work together!”And in Paris, the city’s mayor reacted on Twitter by writing “Welcome back America!”“While we are about to celebrate the 5th anniversary of the Paris Agreement, this victory symbolizes our need to act together more than ever, in view of climate emergency,” Paris Mayor Anne Hidalgo wrote.From the United Arab Emirates, Abu Dhabi Crown Prince Mohammed bin Zayed al-Nahyan congratulated Biden and Harris on Saturday via tweet.“Congratulations to Joe Biden and Kamala Harris on winning the U.S. elections. Our sincere wishes for further development and prosperity for the American people. The UAE and USA are friends and allies with a strong historic partnership that we look forward to strengthening together,” the Crown Prince wrote.Ukrainian President Volodymyr Zelensky also congratulated America’s newest administration and wrote on Twitter, “Our friendship becomes only stronger!”Mark Rutte, the Prime Minister of the Netherlands, congratulated America’s next leaders and said he hopes to speak to president-elect Biden soon.“On behalf of the Dutch cabinet I would like to congratulate with their election victory after a close race,” Rutte added on Twitter.President of the Swiss Confederation Simonetta Sommaruga tweeted a picture of Biden and Harris and wrote in English, German and French her congratulations.“This is a strong signal,” Sommaruga wrote, adding that the Swiss and U.S. relationship will “continue to develop and thrive under the new administration.”CNBC’s Lauren Feiner contributed to this report. Modi said of Harris, who is the daughter of an Indian mother and a Jamaican father, that her “success is pathbreaking.” He also added that her success was of immense pride for all Indian-Americans.“I am confident that the vibrant India-US ties will get even stronger with your support and leadership,” Modi wrote.- Advertisement – WASHINGTON — Leaders from around the world congratulated President-elect Joe Biden and Vice President-elect Kamala Harris Saturday.U.K. Prime Minister Boris Johnson tweeted his congratulations, calling Harris’ accomplishment of becoming the first woman and person of color elected to the vice presidency a “historic achievement.”- Advertisement –last_img read more