January 16 (Renewables Now) - Poland is proposing to award fixed-price contracts for difference (CfDs) to up to 4.6 GW of advanced offshore wind projects before it starts its first tenders for offshore wind.
The Ministry of State Assets published on Wednesday a draft of the law governing offshore wind investment and defining the support mechanisms for such projects. According to the draft legislation, Poland will allow the most advanced projects in the pipeline to apply before October 2022 for 25-year CfDs. The limit for such awards has been set at 4.6 GW. If this process results in contracts for less than 4.1 GW, the 500-MW-plus of remaining capacity will be auctioned in 2023.
Poland also plans to hold auctions for offshore wind in 2025 and 2027, each awarding up to 2.5 GW of capacity to the bidders offering the lowest price of electricity. Another competition may be held in 2028 if there is more than 500 MW left unsubscribed for in the previous auctions.
Stakeholders have 30 days to comment on the offshore wind act draft.