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Greenpeace protests 'fake' renewables in Poland

Postby Wilberforce » Mon Mar 19, 2012 7:22 pm

Greenpeace protests 'fake' renewables in Poland

Greenpeace activists scaled a 100-metre tower at Poland's southern Turow power plant Monday to protest against its claim that burning wood with coal constitutes a renewable energy resource, the group said.

The use of the coal and biomass mix "is wrongly considered as a means of green energy production which is subject to (state) subsidies," a Greenpeace statement said.

The global environmentalists called for a new law on renewable energy currently being written by Poland's economy ministry to exclude this mix from a green energy list.

Owned by PGE, Poland's largest electricity company, the Turow plant is ranked as Europe's tenth worst polluter by the European Environmental Agency (EEA), according to information quoted by Greenpeace.

Biomass accounts for 1.7 percent of the Turow plant's electrical output, PGE spokesman Lukasz Witkowski told AFP.

Turnow produces around seven percent of Poland's electricity, and uses primarily dirty-burning brown coal.

"The protesters are at the very top of the cooling tower," PGE spokesman Lukasz Witkowski told AFP. "We have decided not to shut down the plant," he added, saying experts had analysed the situation.

Eight activists from six countries including Poland, Hungary, Germany, the Czech Republic, Austria and Slovakia were attempting Monday afternoon to hang a huge banner reading "Coal and wood is not green energy," atop the Turow cooling tower.

The Turow plant also has two dedicated biomass furnaces which primarily use wood products.

© 2012 AFP

Source : AFP

Published on Global Energy World: Mar 19, 2012

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