The Polish senate adopts offshore wind act, targeting 5.9 GW by 2030

14 Jan 2021

The Senate of Poland has passed the offshore wind act, which governs the method of obtaining state support for developers interested in building offshore wind projects in the country. The new regulation introduces in Poland bilateral contract for difference, similar to the UK’s Contract for Difference scheme, which will cover the difference between the market price of energy and the price enabling producers to cover the ofshore wind production cost. The text, which is expected to enter into force by February 2021, now must be ratified by the president.

The country plans to award more than 10 GW of offshore wind capacity by 2028. The Energy Regulatory Office (URE) will offer offtake agreements in two phases: 5.9 GW by the end of June 2021 and two 2.5 GW tenders in 2025 and 2027. Offshore wind plants will be put into operation successively, probably from 2024 to 2033. According to Poland's Energy Policy until 2040, 5.9 GW of new offshore wind capacity should be commissioned in the Baltic Sea by 2030 and 8 to 11 GW by 2040.

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