When the winds of change are blowing some build walls, while others build windmills. This well-known Chinese proverb is a perfect comment on the storm around the bill on wind turbine investment, now often referred to as the anti-windmill bill. In a conflict which blew the wind in the sales of all actors on the political scene, substantive argumentation is increasingly hard to come by – writes President of Employers of Poland Andrzej Malinowski in “Rzeczpospolita”.
– Attitudes are extreme – some want to radically reorganize the practice of building wind farm power plants, regardless of possible negative consequences for companies in the sector. Others defend wind energy, but their ultimate interest appears to be confrontation with the ruling party. Surely, neither approach is conducive to the growth of green investments in Poland – he assesses.
The President of Employers of Poland points out that the act often referred to as the „proximity bill” – as the proximity of wind mills to buildings is the object of controversy – is another case of hastily prepared regulations. – Extraordinary speed gives highly questionable outcomes. These objections are substantively confirmed by the opinion of the Supreme Court which judged that the bill in its current form may be unconstitutional – he reminds. However, members of the parliament ignored that.
Malinowski also emphasizes that proximity alone is not a sufficient criterion, as the acoustic conditions may differ markedly depending on landscape, the number and form of buildings, as well as the presence of forests. Moreover, in almost every EU country, the rules regulating the localization of wind turbines are based mainly on acoustic criteria.
– But I also have many objections towards the defenders of the windmill fortress. Its walls are populated, unsurprisingly, by opposition politicians. They initiated the so-called social consultations in Sejm.. Crucially, only supporters of wind turbines were invited – he writes.
– There is undoubtedly a problem and it has to be solved – assesses Malinowski. – For years, inhabitants of rural areas have sent petition after petition to change the way wind farm investments are carried out. The Supreme Audit Office has criticized the existing regulations numerous times, the Human Rights Spokesmen have also voiced concern – he adds.
– Is there hope for the conflict to be solved? All it takes is a moment of calm dialog and a compromise can certainly be reached. Because Poland needs the “windmill act”. However, regulation based on simply measuring distance will not solve any problems and generate new ones. What is worse, disagreements in constructing this legislation will not aid the modernization of Poland’s energy system – a task the completion of which will be scrupulously reviewed by Brussels – concludes the President of Employers of Poland.