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What are the changes ahead of the energy sector in 2016?

On 31 December new act came into force prolonging the functioning of the present system of support for energy efficiency in the form of the so called white certificates until the end of this year, with an obligation of dismissing the certificates by the end of March of 2017. Non-dismissed certificates until this date may expire. The prosthesis accepted in haste by the government is an effect of delays in accepting in its entirety of the new act on energy efficiency by the previous government which-according to the assumptions of the former Minister of Economy-was supposed to be based on the auction system (preferred by the European Commission).

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The Ministry of Energy tries to put a spoke in prosumers’ wheel – it wants to support the rich hobbyists

On the 11th March 2016 a meeting with Andrzej Piotrowski, a vice-minister of energy, was held which was devoted to matter concerning the support model of prosumer power engineering which makes use of renewable energy sources. The meeting was attended by, among others, representatives and partners of the “Więcej niż energia” movement, including Polish Photovoltaics Association and Institute for Renewable Energy, as well as representatives of The Consumers’ Association, installation companies and the banking sector.

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THE PROMOTION OF THE MONOGRAPH “PROSUMER SOCIETY AND PROSUMER POWER ENGINEERING. Difficulties in implementation of the innovative development paths of renewable energy sources” COVERAGE

Presentation of the monograph “PROSUMER SOCIETY AND PROSUMER POWER ENGINEERING. Difficulties in implementation of the innovative development paths of renewable energy sources” was held on 4th March in Katowice at the Faculty of Social Sciences at the Silesian University. During the meeting the programme of Multi-Disciplinary Postgraduate “The Prosumer Society – Prosumer Power Engineering” studies at Silesian University in Katowice and the Faculty of Electrical Engineering of Silesian University of Technology was introduced. The special guest of the event was dr inż. Zbigniew Kalamat, manager and member of The Committee on Environmental Protection and Waste Management of the Polish Academy of Sciences. Postgraduate students also spoke and shared their experience gained during the classes. They expressed willingness to develop their knowledge on renewable energy sources. The presentation was wrapped up with prof. dr hab. Piotr Skubała’s lecture “Environmental ethics.”

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REPORT FROM THE VISIT IN HYDROELECTRIC PLANT IN OKRADZIONÓW, VISITING HEATING INSTALLATION IN ZABRZE-MACIEJÓW

The Frey’s Mill was built in the second part of the 19th century millwheel and was powered by the Biała Przemsza river which was dammed with a weir (which has been working until now) to make the flow of water stronger. In 1936, two turbines were installed in the facility. One of them was powering the mill while the other one was fuelling the nearby sawmill. At present, within the mill buildings a small hydroelectric plant was built using the old dam. The power plant generates electricity for its own use and for supply of the grid. The owner of the facility agreed to show students of postgraduate studies “The Prosumer Society – Prosumer Power Engineering” around. A meeting with such a prosumer who has the practical knowledge about energy market was a valuable experience for students. It was also a great opportunity for them to broaden their knowledge on this matter and examine the relationship between theory and practice.

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INVITATION TO THE PROMOTION OF THE MONOGRAPH “THE PROSUMER SOCIETY AND PROSUMER POWER ENGINEERING. Difficulties in implementation of the innovative development paths of renewable sources of energy”

Invitation to the promotion of the monograph “THE PROSUMER SOCIETY AND PROSUMER POWER ENGINEERING. Difficulties in implementation of the innovative development paths of renewable sources of energy” which presents the programme of Multi-Disciplinary Postgraduate Diploma “The Prosumer Society – Prosumer Power Engineering” studies at Silesian University in Katowice and the Faculty of Electrical Engineering of Silesian University of Technology.

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“Green universities” conference coverage

On 18th November 2015 the Scholarship and Training Fund organized an international conference “Green universities” in Warsaw on environment and climate change in the framework of the Development of Polish Higher Education Institutions projects.

The aim of the conference was the exchange of experience on the role of Higher Education Institutions in the formation of environmental awareness by strengthening competences of students, graduates and staff in the field of environmental protection and climate change. The aspect of environmental awareness and how it shapes the development of the higher education sector by strengthening of didactic potential, increasing the quality of education and making it more attractive, as well as by adapting it o needs of an economy and labour market was presented.

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