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Energy Law – New Deadlines in the Era of COVID-19

Due to the state of epidemic, Shield 2.0* has extended the deadlines for entities operating in the energy sector. The new deadlines are presented below:

New deadline

The validity of licensing decisions that expire during the state of epidemic threat or state of epidemic in the territory of the Republic of Poland has been extended, provided that an energy undertaking applies for the license period to be extended no later than 30 days prior to its expiry.

by 31 December 2020

The period of appointment of a distribution system operator and natural gas liquefaction system operator (expiring before 31 December 2020), by decision of the President of the Energy Regulatory Office, has been extended.

by 31 December 2020

The period of validity of qualification certificates for individuals maintaining electricity, heating and gas networks, appliances and installations (expiring between 1 March 2020 and 30 December 2020) has been extended.

by 31 December 2020

The period of appointment of qualification boards issuing qualification certificates for individuals maintaining electricity, heating and gas networks, appliances and installations (expiring between 1 March 2020 and 30 December 2020) has been extended (regular period is 5 years).

by 31 December 2020

* Act of 16 April 2020 on specific support instruments in connection with the spread of SARS-CoV-2n (Journal of Laws 2020 item 695)

Deadlines for reporting obligations
OBLIGATION

NEW DEADLINE

FORMER DEADLINE

Deadline for an energy undertaking engaged in foreign natural gas trading and entity importing natural gas to notify the President of the Energy Regulatory Office of performance of contracts for the purchase of natural gas from abroad for the last quarter, including its prices and quantities, in Q1 2020

30 days after the end of Q2 2020

30 days after the end of
a specific quarter

Deadline for an energy undertaking engaged in gaseous fuel or energy transmission or distribution to submit a report on the implementation of a development plan with respect to meeting the current and future demand for gaseous fuels or energy, for the area of its activity, in 2020

by 30 April 2021

by 30 April 2020

Deadline for a gas transmission system operator, electricity transmission system operator, gas distribution system operator and electricity distribution system operator to submit draft and updated development plans to the President of the Energy Regulatory Office with respect to meeting the current and future demand for gaseous fuels or energy in 2020

by 31 March 2021

by 31 March 2020

Deadlines for fulfilling the obligations, referred to in the Act of 16 February 2007 on stocks of crude oil, oil products and natural gas as well as the rules of conduct in situations of threat to state fuel security and oil market distortions, in 2020 have been extended as follows:
Deadline for notifying the President of the Energy Regulatory Office of mandatory natural gas stocks

by 30 June 2020

by 15 May (each year)

Deadline for notifying the minister competent for energy and the President of the Energy Regulatory Office of the actual mandatory natural gas stocks maintained and their storage location (information as at 1 October 2020)

by 31 December 2020

by 20 September (each year)

Deadline for notifying the minister competent for energy and the President of the Energy Regulatory Office of actions taken between 1 January and 31 December of the previous year to ensure state fuel security in the scope of trade in natural gas with foreign states or import of natural gas and fulfilment of the obligation to maintain mandatory natural gas stocks

by 31 December 2020

by 15 May (each year)

 

CONTACT US

Milena Kazanowska – Kędzierska
Attorney at Law, Senior Associate
T: +48 539 908 918
E:  m.kazanowska@kochanski.pl


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