July 24 (Renewables Now) - The lower house of the Polish Parliament last week approved a revision of the Renewables Act that enables the auctioning of 2.5 GW of onshore wind power capacity later this year.
Wind energy association WindEurope announced this on Tuesday, saying that the approved revision of the legislation includes an extension of deadlines for interconnection agreements. Also, new rules will be introduced to bolster the Guarantees of Origin (GOs) scheme that is vital for the growth of corporate wind power purchase agreements (PPAs).
The amendments need to be cleared by the Polish Senate in late July.
“The Polish Government clearly sees an important role for both onshore and offshore wind in meeting their rising energy demand. But the stringent set-back distance law on wind turbines will need fixing to allow for future growth beyond this year’s auction,” commented WindEurope chief policy officer Pierre Tardieu.
Poland’s last auction was held in November 2018 and it resulted in 31 winning onshore wind and solar bids with a weighted average price of PLN 196.17 (USD 51.31/EUR 46.06) per MWh. The country is looking to increase its total power generating capacity to 73 GW by 2040 from the current 40 GW.
(PLN 1.0 = USD 0.262/EUR 0.235)