Two Polish wind energy associations are joining forces to create an offshore wind sector agreement along the lines of that created by the UK in 2019.
The Polish Wind Energy Association (PWEA) and the Polish Offshore Wind Energy Society (PTMEW) have started working out “a common position that will facilitate further talks and the conclusion of an agreement” between the wind sector and the government, they have announced.
The organisations are drawing on the membership to structure the deal, they added in a statement.
The proposed agreement would outline “proper programming” and “co-ordination” of the industry and its supply chain to assist in the development of the offshore wind sector.
It would also set targets for the sector of 3 GW in 2025, 10 GW in 2030 and 20 GW in 2040.
Offshore wind energy is set to play a key role in Poland’s energy market after the government published in January the draft of a much-anticipated law designed to promote offshore wind energy.
Local media has reported that the government is aiming to pass the new legislation in the first quarter of 2020. It foresees development of Poland’s offshore wind energy project pipeline in two phases.
In the first phase, construction-ready offshore wind projects will be permitted by the Energy Regulatory Office between 2020 and 2022. In a second phase, remaining projects will be allowed to compete in energy auctions for a contracts for difference (CFD) support mechanism.
Poland has no offshore wind energy capacity but a number of developers – including PGE, Orsted, Equinor and RWE are active in project development.