Europejski Fundusz Rozwoju Wsi Polskiej


Discussions in panels of experts, representatives of Polish and European politics, people involved in the subject of renewable and distributed power generation, as well as presentations and speeches on the major challenges and problems facing the renewable energy and distributed power generation sectors - on 7 July this year, the 2nd Edition of the Scientific Conference on RES (Renewable Energy Sources) will be held by the Foundation of the European Fund for the Development of Polish Rural Areas, under the honourable patronage of the Ministry of Agriculture and Development of Rural Areas and the Ministry of Energy.


The scientific conference entitled "Overcoming administrative barriers in the development of micro-sources of renewable energy as the foundation for civic power generation - experiences in Poland and in European Union" will take place on 7 July this year in the Centre for International Cooperation in Grodno.


In the first discussion panel, the subject of EU and Member States strategy will be tackled regarding the development of renewable energy sources and low-emission economy in rural areas. During the discussion, the EU Commissioner for Climate Action and Energy, Miguel Arias Cañete, will discuss in more detail the EU strategy regarding the development of renewable energy sources and low emission economy, the Minister of Energy, Krzysztof Tchórzewski, will present the policy of the Polish government in overcoming administrative barriers in this type of projects executed in rural areas, the Minister of Agriculture and Rural Development, Krzysztof Jurgiel, will focus on the opportunities for the development of investments in rural areas brought about by this sector, and the Chair of the Committee on Industry, Research and Energy of the European Parliament. prof. dr hab. Jerzy Buzek, will discuss the perspectives of development of the civic power generation and low-emission economy as seen by the European Parliament.


In the second part of the Conference, the participants will embrace the question as to what perspectives, opportunities and challenges in the scope of the development of renewable energy sources and distributed energy generation can be seen in rural areas, and how to overcome administrative barriers which make it difficult for farmers and small entrepreneurs to establish their own household installations. Among the speakers, there are: the President of the Board of the National Fund for Environmental Protection and Water Management, dr inż. Kazimierz Kujda, the President of the Management Board of Polska Spółka Gazownictwa Sp. z o.o., Jarosław Wróbel, the Member of the National Development Council of the President of Poland and the President of the Institute for Renewable Energy (Instytut Energetyki Odnawialnej), Grzegorz Wiśniewski, the President of the Institute for Security, Energy and Climate Studies, dr Krzysztof Księżopolski, the Managing Director of Bank Ochrony Środowiska S.A., Adrian Markiewicz, and the Director of Sugar and Biofuels Department of the Agricultural Market Agency, Marzena Skąpska.


The series of scientific conferences regarding renewable sources of energy, initiated by the Foundation of the European Fund for the Development of Rural Areas (EFRWP) in 2016, is a strong voice in the Poland-wide debate on the development of renewable energy sources and prosumer policy in rural areas in Poland. The 1st edition of the Conference entitled "Renewable energy micro-sources as the foundation for civic power generation and the perspectives of their development in Poland and the EU" (June 2016) coincided in time with the passing by the Polish Sejm the amendment to the Act on Renewable Energy Sources which allows, among others, for the development of investments in rural areas in the scope of renewable energy installations as part of (micro)clusters.


In this year's edition of the Conference, the discussion panels will be attended by people from the world of politics, representatives of state agencies and businesses connected with the power generation industry (e.g. PGNiG, PSG), BOŚ, representatives of the local government and experts involved in the problem of barriers in prosumer and distributed power generation. An important aspect of the conference is presenting the subject of RES both from the perspective of administrative bodies, shaping the policies of Poland and the EU, as well as the institutions and organisations that actively execute and finance it, to the experiences of local government officials who, on a daily basis, struggle with overcoming barriers in the development of RES in rural areas.