As Poland begins to reduces its reliance on coal as a primary source of electricity production, both renewable and nuclear power will have a role to play in its energy mix. Poland’s government has adopted a plan to speed up its transformation to clean and nuclear energy. The country’s cabinet passed a resolution on February 2 that calls for Poland to obtain 23 per cent of its energy from renewable sources by 2030, compared to just 13 per cent now. The plan, dubbed PEP2040, foresees an increase in wind energy, especially from farms in the Baltic Sea, and the opening of Poland’s first nuclear power plant in 2033. No location or technology has yet been chosen for the plant, although Polish Climate and Environment Minister Michał Kurtyka met with representatives of French power conglomerate EDF on February 2 – including its CEO Jean-Bernard Levy – during a French trade mission to Warsaw. The move toward a zero-emissions energy policy is expected to produce some 300,000 jobs, according to the resolution released by Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki’s office.
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