July 13 (Renewables Now) - Conditions for offshore wind investment in Poland are improving with the recent amendment to the country’s Renewable Energy Sources (RES) Act and clear rules for offshore wind participation in upcoming auctions.
Polish president Andrzej Duda signed the amendment into law at the end of June.
In an overview of the changes, Piotr Ciolkowski and Zofia Romanowska of law firm CMS Cameron McKenna Nabarro Olswang LLP point to the removal of the requirement for offshore wind farms to have valid building permits to participate in auctions as a “great facilitation for investors”. Under the updated rules, offshore projects will compete in this year’s auctions with hydropower, bioliquids and geothermal energy, as part of energy source basket no 2. Offshore wind farms will be able to bid for up to PLN 450 (USD 141.5/EUR 121.3) per MWh, the lawyers note.
Ciolkowski and Romanowska also say offshore wind projects will benefit from the release of a draft plan for spatial development in Polish waters, which includes the optimal locations in the Baltic Sea for offshore wind project development and details on planned connection infrastructure.