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A legislative proposal for offshore wind has been submitted to Parliament. The bill implements an important part of the roadmap for reaching the targets set in the Energy Agreement. Among other things, the roadmap provides for a new roll-out schedule of 700 megawatts of offshore wind capacity per year for five consecutive years and a new combined application procedure for a licence and subsidies for renewable energy.
The Ministry of the State Treasury recently announced a draft act which would set out particular rules for the preparation and realisation of investments concerning prospecting, exploration, exploitation and transportation of hydrocarbons. It remains to be seen whether the it will result in evolution, revolution and reinvigoration of the Polish shale gas sector.
Since 2010 the mood in the shale gas sector has deteriorated from early enthusiasm to utter pessimism. The government now intends to reinvigorate the sector with a new set of sector-friendly regulations. It recently agreed on a draft act to amend geological and mining law and other laws which are focused on hydrocarbon prospecting and production.
The Swiss Federal Council recently launched a public consultation on the federal decree for full liberalisation of the electricity market. The decree is subject to an optional referendum. Full liberalisation of the electricity market is one of the conditions for a comprehensive long-term energy pact with the European Union.
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