Also worth highlighting is TAURON’s role as an active participant in the process of transformation of the national power sector toward the development of zero-emission sources. In 2019, the Group connected a record number of over 30,000 micro-installations to its distribution network, with a total capacity of 206 MW. This is almost four times the number achieved in 2018.
In addition to capital expenditures associated with the implementation of TAURON’s Green Turn, we were also involved in efforts aimed at improving the reliability of our distribution network and the construction of modern energy sources. The Group’s total capital expenditures in 2019 reached PLN 4.1 billion.
In 2019, we set out to optimize our investment portfolio containing mining and heating assets. As part of this undertaking, bidders interested in the acquisition of these assets conducted a due diligence of TAURON Ciepło.
Traditionally, the TAURON Group was also very active in research, development and innovation activities. We launched 18 projects in all our lines of business. At the end of last year, we had 67 projects underway in 4 research and innovation portfolios. We obtained external funding for the execution of some of these projects. It is worth highlighting that certain measurable results of these activities have already seen the light of day: owing to the introduction of new sorbents in the electricity generation process, TAURON will reduce by over PLN 100 million its capital expenditures related to the adjustment of the 460 MW block at the Łagisza Power Plant to what is known as the BAT (best available techniques) conclusions.