from agriculture (plant or animal production), food industry, forestry and other industry sectors technologically connected thereto which can be used as fuel for purposes of energy conversion. In general, the fact of biomass definition extension for purposes of application of the “green” tariff is positive. Still, from the point of view of the legislative procedure it would be more reasonable to give respective definition of the biomass and biogas in the special law “On alternative energy sources” instead of multiplying different terms in different laws.

The law is based on clear establishment of the procedure for “green” tariff calculation for electric power from biogas. Pursuant to the draft law there are following coefficients:

2,7 – for electric power produced from biogas derived from biomass of plant and/or animal origin as well as from organic waste;
2,6 – for electric power produced from landfill biogas or biogas from pulp at electric power plants with maximum aggregate designed total capacity during the whole operation period not exceeding 500 kW;
2,4 – for electric power produced from landfill biogas or biogas from pulp at electric power plants with maximum aggregate designed total capacity during the whole operation period equal to or exceeding 500 kW but not exceeding 2000 kW;
2,0 – for electric power produced from landfill biogas or biogas from pulp at electric power plants with maximum aggregate designed total capacity during the whole operation period equal to or exceeding 2000 kW.

If there is a change in the aggregate designed total capacity of an electric power plant which produces electric power from landfill biogas or biogas from pulp, the “green” tariff remains the same.

In addition to changes as to the “green” tariff for electric power from biogas and biomass, the draft law also deals with wind energy industry. Thus, if previously established tariffs (1,2; 1,4 and 2,1) were applied to the whole wind electric power plant (i.e. “wind park”), from now on these coefficients will be applied depending on the specified unit capacity of a wind electric power plant. The authors of the draft law intend to stimulate in this way producers of the electric power from wind energy to use new, more powerful and efficient equipment.

The draft law envisages establishment of the “green” tariff also in cases, when producers partially use traditional fuel. In such cases, the portion of alternative energy sources shall be at least 50% and the “green” tariff will be applied exclusively to the electric power which was produced with use of alternative energy sources.

Mentioned changes expand possibilities for investment into “green” electric power industry of the country and are, in general, rather positive.