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State aid: Commission approves €5 billion Polish support for cogenerated electricity and surcharge reductions for large energy consumers; opens in-depth investigation into reductions in capacity mechanism surcharge



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The European Commission has approved under EU State aid rules (1) a Polish scheme to support high-efficiency cogeneration and (2) reduced surcharges to finance the scheme for energy-intensive users. It also (3) opened an investigation into reduced surcharges to finance Poland’s capacity mechanism.

Commissioner Margrethe Vestager, in charge of competition policy, said: The Polish support scheme approved today will provide an important contribution to EU environmental and climate goals without unduly distorting competition. We have also approved Polish plans to preserve the competitiveness of energy-intensive companies in Poland by reducing their contributions to the financing of the electricity cogeneration support. But we still need to assess if the reductions for certain users on the surcharge that finances the Polish capacity mechanism are in line with our State aid rules”.

(1)  Support for high-efficiency cogeneration

The scheme will support combined heat and power (“CHP”) installations connected to district heating networks in Poland. The scheme, with an annual budget of €500 million, will run until 31 December 2028. The support will be granted to new and refurbished highly efficient CHP installations, as well as to existing gas-fired highly efficient CHP installations. It will be also open to generators in other Member States.

The highly efficient CHP installations benefitting from the scheme will receive support through a premiumon top of the market price (“cogeneration premium”). The level of the cogeneration premium will be set either in a competitive bidding process or, in exceptional and clearly defined cases, determined administratively at a level covering the difference between the generation costs and the market price of electricity. The cogeneration premium will be granted until the full depreciation of the installations it supports, for a maximum period of 15 years.

The Commission assessed the scheme under EU State aid rules, in particular the Commission’s 2014 Guidelines on State Aid for Environmental Protection and Energy. These rules allow support to cogeneration installations on condition that the costs of producing electricity exceed its market price, that the support is necessary to trigger investment and does not lead to overcompensation.

TheCommission concluded that the scheme will support the production of electricity from high-efficiency cogeneration and lead to a better integration of cogenerated power into the electricity market, in line with EU environmental and climate objectives, without unduly distorting competition in the Single Market.

The Polish cogeneration scheme approved today will contribute to energy efficiency and lower levels of CO2 emissions, in line with the EU environmental objectives and the EU climate change goals. Today’s decision complements the Commission’s Energy Union Strategy to deliver secure, sustainable and competitive energy in Europe.

(2)  Cogeneration surcharge reductions for energy-intensive users

The Polish cogeneration support scheme approved today is financed through a surcharge levied on final electricity consumers, based on their electricity consumption.

Poland has also notified to the Commission plans to lower the financial burden on certain energy-intensive users (“EIUs”), which would benefit from a reduced CHP surcharge.

EU State aid rules, in particular the 2014 Guidelines on State Aid for Environmental Protection and Energy, authorise reductions – up to a certain level – in contributions levied on energy-intensive companies active in certain sectors and exposed to international trade, in order to ensure their global competitiveness.

The Commission found that the proposed reductions in surcharges for energy-intensive users are in line with EU State aid rules. The measure will ensure the global competitiveness of energy-intensive industries, without unduly distorting competition in the Single Market.

(3)  In-depth investigation into capacity mechanism surcharge reductions for energy-intensive users

In February 2018, the Commission approved under EU State aid rules an electricity capacity mechanism in Poland. The Commission found that the measures will contribute to ensuring security of supply whilst preserving competition in the Single Market.

Poland now plans to introduce reductions for certain energy intensive users on a surcharge levied on electricity consumers to finance the Polish capacity mechanism and has notified this to the Commission.

The Commission has opened an in-depth investigation to further assess whether these proposed reductions are compatible with EU State aid rules. In particular, it will consider whether reductions from the capacity mechanism surcharge for certain customers are necessary to secure the financing of the capacity mechanism. The Commission will therefore assess whether such reductions indirectly contribute to the objective of security of electricity supply pursued by the capacity mechanism.

At this stage, the Commission is concerned that the proposed surcharge reductions may lead to:

  • inefficiently higher demand of electricity in periods of scarcity, if certain users are exempted from these costs;
  • higher needs for extra generation capacity to ensure security of supply in these periods will be also higher

The Commission will now investigate further to determine whether its initial concerns are confirmed. The opening of an in-depth investigation gives interested third parties the opportunity to comment on the measures under assessment. It does not prejudge the outcome of the investigation.

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CCELL Launches Environmentally Conscious Eco Star AIO Vaporizer




SHENZHEN, China, April 15, 2024 /PRNewswire/ — CCELL®, the world’s leading technology brand focused on creating trendsetting vape hardware products and advanced vaporization technology, today announced the launch of the Eco Star, the company’s all-in-one vaporizer focused on sustainability, wide-ranging oil compatibility, and ease of use.

The Eco Star’s casing material is made of biodegradable and plant-based PLA, a material that can be decomposed by bacteria or other living organisms. By adopting this type of eco-friendly casing, CCELL seeks to provide an option that can reduce the cannabis industry’s overall environmental impact and build a more sustainable society.

Built within the casing is a removable and recyclable lithium-ion battery. This thoughtful pull-apart design allows consumers to easily remove the battery before disposing of the casing, empowering them to contribute towards a greener Earth.

The Eco Star also features complete compatibility with all types of cannabis oils, clog-free dual air vents, and an isolated airway that ensures the cleanest possible vapor.

With increasing environmental challenges worldwide and tightening regulations on vape products, the Eco Star was introduced with the intention of raising environmental awareness across the industry.

The company has also implemented other measures to align its practices with its long-standing sustainability-focused values. These include offering biodegradable and plant-based PLA mouthpieces among its customization options. Additionally, the company uses energy-efficient aqueous processing in producing its patented ceramic heating cores to reduce greenhouse gas emissions.

Before the product’s official launch, CCELL provided their customers and consumers with an early look at the Eco Star at TPE24 and Hall of Flowers Ventura in the US, and Spannabis Barcelona in Spain.

Disclaimer for battery disposal: CCELL does not recycle lithium-ion batteries. Battery recycling requirements may vary by country, city, etc. Please contact your local recycling center for more details before disposal.

About CCELL®

CCELL® is a technology brand and global innovator in the portable vaporizer space that revolutionized the industry by introducing the ceramic heating component. CCELL® was born in the headquarters of Shenzhen Smoore Technology Limited, which has more than 10 years of expertise in the vaporization industry. With advanced R&D resources, patented technologies, strong production capabilities, and reliable quality control systems, CCELL® is recognized around the world for its exceptional vaporization technology and top-quality devices.

Learn more about CCELL® at as well as on LinkedIn, Instagram, Facebook, Twitter, and YouTube.

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