Policy & Regulation

01 Dec 2020

Polish Council of Ministers Adopts Offshore Wind Act

01 Dec 2020  by   

Poland's Council of Ministers has adopted a draft act submitted by the Minister of Climate and Environment that promotes offshore wind development in the country.

The adoption sets Poland on the way to offering the first 5.9GW of offshore wind capacity by the end of June next year.

The new act simplifies administrative and legal procedures, reducing the time for investors to implement investments in offshore wind farms, the Ministry of Climate and Environment said.

It said that the new regulations will encourage investors and accelerate the process of transformation of the Polish energy sector into zero-emission energy sources.

The act assumes that investors will be required to conduct a dialogue with potential suppliers of materials and services for the implementation of offshore wind farms, the ministry added.

“This is a great opportunity for Polish enterprises that will be part of the supply chain of services and technologies necessary for the operation of offshore wind farms,” the ministry said.

A second phase of development will see two auctions planned for 2025 and 2027, both for 2.5GW.

Polish Minister of Climate and Environment Michal Kurtyka said: “Offshore wind energy is an important step towards building zero-emission energy.

“We have a chance to become a leader in the development of offshore farms in the Baltic Sea with a forecasted potential of installed capacity, estimated in the WindEurope report, even at 28GW in 2050.

“The Baltic Sea has a very large potential that was not used in this matter.”

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