Poland's net power generation fell by 4.9% year on year to 12.12 TWh in August, primarily due to a 9.2% year-on-year drop in hard coal production.
Hard coal-fired power generation accounted for 49% of its total generation in the month, down 2 percentage points on a yearly basis.
Its electricity demand contracted by 1.2% from the year-prior level to 13.4 TWh in August, the transmission system operator (PSE) said. Due to lockdown measures to combat COVID-19 pandemic, Poland's electricity demand shrank by 4.4% year on year in the first eight months of 2020.
Power generation from lignite fell by 3.9% year on year in August, while the proportion in total power output ticked up 0.3 percentage point to 28.4%. Hard coal and lignite combined occupied 77.4% of the total generation, lower than 79.5% in the same period last year.
The proportion of solar photovoltaic generation increased from 0.3% a year ago to 2.3%, that of onshore wind power lifted to 5% from 4.3%, while the proportion of natural gas dropped from 8.9% to 8%.
Poland's electricity imports jumped by 52% year on year in August, meeting nearly 10% of total electricity demand. Over January-August, its electricity imports, mainly from Germany, Czech Republic, Sweden and Lithuania, increased by 43% from the year-ago level.
Earlier this month, the Polish government stated to accelerate its de-coal plan to combat climate change while investing tens of billions of dollars in developing renewable energy and nuclear energy to ensure a stable power supply.
PGE, the largest power utility in Poland, recently claimed that it plans to phase out coal step by step and achieve zero carbon emission by 2050. Renewable energy currently accounts for 5% in its power portfolio.
In the future, PGE plans to vigorously invest in and develop renewable energy, realizing 2500 MW of installed wind and solar power capacities by 2030.
(Writing by Shengnan Liu Editing by Tammy Yang)
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