I'm not sure if you'd call me top-notch, but energy (the non-green kind) is my field now.
Windfarms etc could lessen but not eliminate Poland's dependence on fossil fuels. Geothermal energy is a good bet too, and Poland has untapped hydroelectric potential.
the mega-efforts of state and business joined forces to slash red tape and make this a reality?
This is the crux. The infrastructure setup costs are vast, and the finances never look as good on paper as with fossil fuels. The quantity of wind farms etc needed to generate a significant amount of power is vast and expensive to build (though extremely cheap to run). And the energy suppliers are not going to invest in that unless a) their existing income streams dry up, b) they are forced to or c) it somehow becomes worth their while to compete against themselves. None of those things are going to happen any time soon which simply makes the government's role in strategic planning and commissioning more complicated and expensive.Reduced domestic energy consumption
is the essential starting point as well as incentives for solar and wind power (I don't mean windfarms, I mean smaller scale for householders). Self-sufficiency in energy should appeal to some of us - I'd certainly like it. A clever but unpopular move would be to give a very significant tax break for owners of passive buildings and penalties for the owners of the least energy efficient.
would you like to live next to a wind farm?? you wouldn't
I'd rather that than be next to a coal mine or nuclear power station. And BTW, I can see a couple of big wind farms from my window now - beautiful in their way and very, very clean.
The winfarms that @Pol 3 is talking about, however, are miles offshore. Feel free to live next to them.