Polish Government unveils offshore wind sector agreement

The Polish Government and members of the offshore wind energy sector have signed a the "Sector Agreement for the Development of Offshore Wind Energy in Poland". The aim of the agreement is to support the development of offshore wind in Poland and to maximise local content.

“Poland wants to be a strong and dynamically developing country that uses green energy that is increasingly environmentally friendly. Today we are on the threshold of building a new sector of the economy, which is offshore wind energy. This sector will provide us with access to cheap energy and will strengthen the competitiveness of Polish enterprises,” commented Poland's Prime Minister Mateusz Morawiecki.

"September 15, 2021 will be entered in the calendar as a historic day for the Polish energy and economy. Poland has ambitions and opportunities to become one of the leaders in the development of offshore wind energy in the Baltic Sea, and even in Europe. The signing of the sectoral agreement by the government and market participants is another important step in the development of this green sector, which will help rebuild the economy affected by the coronavirus pandemic and will make it possible to take advantage of the opportunity offered by the installation of 11 GW of capacity by 2040 " said Michał Kurtyka, Minister of Climate and the environment.

Poland is progressing the development of offshore wind under the Offshore Act, which regulates the method of obtaining public support by investors interested in building offshore wind farms in the Polish exclusive economic zone of the Baltic Sea. The Act provides up to 5.9 GW allocated by CfD by the end of 2021 and a 2.5 GW CfD auction in 2025 and 2027. Projects will have a 7-year award-to-generation deadline, meaning 10.9 GW generating power by 2034. The government plans to launch further support phases in 2025 and 2027, both 2.5 GW, leading to 11 GW by 2040.
A number of projects have already secured CfDs.

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