The Ministry of Energy in Poland has completed the draft of a bill to support the development of offshore wind energy in Poland
The country’s Energy Regulatory Office previously indicated that offshore wind tenders could be launched in late 2019, although the schedule is subject to change.
Polish Energy Krzysztof Tchórzewski said the bill was “the result of intensive work and consultations with many partners, including sector and business representatives.
“I am convinced that the proposed regulations will significantly contribute to the creation of an offshore wind energy sector in Poland,” the Minister said.
As highlighted by OWJ, in October 2019, PGE in Poland said it had commenced discussions with offshore wind developer Ørsted regarding the sale of a 50% stake in two offshore wind projects in the Baltic.
October also saw RWE Renewables acquire a pipeline of up to four offshore wind projects in Poland as part of its ambitions to enter the Polish market and grow its offshore operations across Europe. The projects have a total generation capacity of more than 1.5 GW.
At the beginning of 2019, the Ministry of Energy began work on developing a dedicated act that aims to support the development of offshore wind farms in the Baltic.
A wide range of stakeholders interested in investing in offshore wind were invited to participate in the preparation of the necessary regulations. Now, the Ministry of Energy has completed the final draft of the ‘act on the promotion of electricity generation by offshore windfarms,’ which is ready for further legislative work.
The Minister has also requested that the project be included in the Council of Ministers’ programme of work. “This is a necessary step for further legislative work, which we hope that we will be able to launch within 2-3 weeks,” said Secretary of State for Energy Krzysztof Kubów, who is responsible for renewable energy.