FOR ENERGY CLUSTERS

We know that municipal self-governments want to efficiently carry out their tasks in the field of electricity, heat, and gas supply, which, according to the “Energy Law” of April 10, 1997, include:

  • Planning and organizing the supply of heat, electricity, and gas in the municipality.
  • Planning the lighting of public places, municipal roads, county roads, voivodeship roads, national roads other than highways and expressways within the municipality.
  • Financing the lighting of streets, squares, municipal roads, county roads, voivodeship roads, national roads other than highways and expressways within the municipality.
  • Planning and organizing activities aimed at rationalizing energy consumption and promoting solutions to reduce energy consumption within the municipality.
  • Assessing the potential and possibilities of generating electricity from renewable energy sources, including combined heat and power generation, and energy-efficient heating or cooling systems within the municipality.

Helpful in fulfilling the above-mentioned municipal tasks may be the law of July 19, 2019, amending the Renewable Energy Sources Act and certain other laws introducing new legal provisions aimed at the development of energy clusters in Poland.

The concept of an “energy cluster” in the aforementioned law is defined as a “civil-law agreement, composed of individuals, legal entities, scientific units, research institutes, or territorial self-government units, concerning the generation and balancing of demand, distribution, or trading of energy from renewable energy sources or other sources or fuels, within one distribution network, respectively within the boundaries of one municipality or county.” It becomes a tool for activating the creation of civic distributed energy. By definition, energy clusters are geographically limited to a maximum of five adjacent municipalities or within one county. The second boundary criterion is the voltage level to which producers and consumers in a given energy cluster are connected.

The formula of an energy cluster is flexible enough to allow participants to build an individualized business model for the cluster’s operation and to optimally choose the legal form of its activities. Cluster members do not have to give up their existing activities; instead, through collaboration—wherever it brings benefits to them and other cluster participants—they generate added value for the local community. Joining or leaving the cluster may, but does not necessarily have to, significantly impact the activities of other members.

The functioning of an energy cluster can be described as the production of energy in a locally coordinated manner with current demand. Clusters are initiatives operating at the local level. A cluster is a flexible structure and, depending on local conditions, may operate in many areas. These include:

  • Generating electricity and heat based on conventional fuels (including cogeneration, i.e., simultaneous generation of electricity and heat).
  • Generating electricity and heat from various renewable energy sources.
  • Producing gaseous and liquid fuels, including “green hydrogen.”
  • Distributing electricity, heat, and fuels within its own distribution system.
  • Selling energy or fuels to end-users at attractive prices.
  • Producing and distributing or selling cooling.
  • Storing energy or its carriers.
  • Managing agricultural waste.
  • Managing household waste.
  • Managing forestry waste.
  • Harnessing the energy potential of local watercourses and other natural forces.

The effectiveness of energy clusters depends on the rational and efficient use of locally available energy resources, renewable energy sources, innovation, entrepreneurship in the areas of generation, transmission, distribution, as well as managing energy consumption.

This is a solution that provides entirely new development opportunities for municipalities and local communities, but above all, it strongly supports civil society.

The implementation of a solution involving the establishment of an energy cluster can significantly facilitate the fulfillment of the municipality’s own tasks in the provision of electricity, heat, and gas, and equally importantly—substantially reduce the costs of their implementation and operation.

Unfortunately, organizing an energy cluster is a rather complicated process and requires the local community to engage highly specialized knowledge to prepare the investment task assumptions, develop technical documentation, obtain necessary approvals and permits, and secure financing for the investment.

Addressing the needs and expectations of local governments, our company, as a specialized Energy Service Provider (ESP) offering comprehensive services in the identification, inventory, design, management, implementation, and financing of investment processes related to alternative energy and climate neutrality, possessing knowledge, competencies, and a range of technical, legal, and organizational solutions enabling the conduct of the investment process without burdening the budget of the local government, has developed a special program called “Free Energy Transformation” for the area of operation of a given energy cluster.

Participation in the “Free Energy Transformation” program is voluntary and completely free.

If your local community is interested in implementing our proprietary “Free Energy Transformation” program in an established or planned energy cluster for additional discussions regarding cooperation, please contact us.

FOR ENERGY COOPERATIVES

We are aware that municipal self-governments aim to efficiently fulfill their tasks in the supply of electricity, heat, and gas, as outlined in the “Energy Law” of April 10, 1997. These tasks include:

  • Planning and organizing the supply of heat, electricity, and gas within the municipality.
  • Planning the lighting of public places, municipal roads, county roads, voivodeship roads, and national roads other than highways and expressways within the municipality.
  • Financing the lighting of streets, squares, municipal roads, county roads, voivodeship roads, and national roads other than highways and expressways within the municipality.
  • Planning and organizing activities to rationalize energy consumption and promote solutions that reduce energy consumption within the municipality.
  • Evaluating the potential and possibilities of generating electricity from renewable energy sources, including combined heat and power generation, as well as energy-efficient heating or cooling systems within the municipality.

Helpful in implementing the above-mentioned tasks for municipalities is the law of July 19, 2019, amending the Renewable Energy Sources Act and certain other laws, introducing new legal provisions aimed at the development of energy cooperatives in Poland. This solution provides entirely new development opportunities for rural and urban-rural municipalities and, above all, strongly supports civil society. A prerequisite for benefiting from the preferences outlined in the law is openness and willingness to cooperate from local residents, farmers, entrepreneurs, and the local government itself.

New solutions provide the opportunity to generate energy from renewable sources not only for personal use but also for neighboring communities. In the case of electricity generation, a similar solution to that for individual prosumers is envisaged, involving discounts and exemptions from part of the energy distribution costs and other fees. The main principle of each established power plant is the complete freedom to choose the type of installations, their possible locations, and the determination of mutual settlements for the generated and consumed energy.

The basis for the functioning of each energy cooperative is the law of September 16, 1982, on Cooperative Law or the law of October 4, 2018, on Farmer Cooperatives. According to the adopted regulations, an energy cooperative is to produce and consume energy solely for its own needs and those of its members. It may operate in rural or urban-rural municipalities or in no more than 3 such municipalities directly adjacent to each other. The number of cooperative members should be less than 1000.

The scope of activity for an energy cooperative may include:

  • Generating electricity in installations not exceeding 10 MW, covering at least 70% of the energy needs of the cooperative and its members annually, or
  • generating heat in installations with a total thermal power not exceeding 30 MW, or
  • generating biogas in installations with an annual capacity not exceeding 40 million m3.

Implementing a solution involving the establishment of energy cooperatives can significantly facilitate the fulfillment of the municipality’s own tasks in the supply of electricity, heat, and gas, and equally importantly—substantially reduce the costs of their implementation and operation.

Unfortunately, organizing an energy cooperative is a rather complicated process and requires the local community to engage highly specialized knowledge to prepare the investment task assumptions, develop technical documentation, obtain necessary approvals and permits, and secure financing for the investment.

In response to the needs and expectations of local governments, our company, as a specialized Energy Service Provider (ESP) offering comprehensive services in the identification, inventory, design, management, implementation, and financing of investment processes related to alternative energy and climate neutrality, equipped with knowledge, competencies, and a range of technical, legal, and organizational solutions enabling the conduct of the investment process without burdening the budget of the local government, has developed a special program called “Free Energy Transformation” for the area of operation of a given power plant.

Participation in the “Free Energy Transformation” program is voluntary and completely free.

If your local community is interested in implementing our proprietary “Free Energy Transformation” program in an established or planned energy cooperative for additional discussions regarding cooperation, please contact us.