The founding meeting of the Association of Independent Combined Heat and Power Producers (SNWES) was held on 14 April 2005 in Warsaw. The initiative to establish the Association was born under the influence of the growing divergence between the EU strategy (Cogeneration Directive 2004/8/EC) and the Polish strategy (Energy Policy of Poland until 2025) concerning the development of local cogeneration systems, as well as gas-fired power plants in general.
In fact, this has led to the decommissioning of an increasing number of small and medium-sized gas-fired CHP sources built by independent investors. The association was set up by representatives of the district heating and gas industry, independent investors from outside the main energy sector and the scientific community related to energy.
The goal of the Association in 2005 was to provide non-discriminatory conditions for independent cogeneration producers operating outside the main energy sector. In the medium term, the aim was to build a public-private partnership including district heating, gas and municipalities, aimed at developing distributed cogeneration in cooperation with distribution system operators (DSO). In the long term, the aim was to create conditions for the implementation of new generation technologies, including hydrogen technologies, through the development of local cogeneration sources.
Despite the passage of almost 13 years from the date of establishment of the Association of Independent Combined Heat and Power Producers — the above presented goals are still valid.