Polish transmission system operator PSE is capable of connecting 4 GW of offshore wind power capacity to its power grid by 2026/2027 and up to 8 GW in the longer term.
The state-controlled company’s announcement on Tuesday was hailed by sector organisation WindEurope, which said that the commitment is set to "put Poland back on the European wind energy map.” The deployment of the capacity is also seen to diversify Poland’s energy mix and promote job creation in the offshore wind supply chain.
“The skills and industrial expertise needed to meet these volumes is in place,” WindEurope’s CEO Giles Dickson said.
According to Janusz Gajowiecki, president of the Polish Wind Energy Association (PWEA), Polish companies could supply up to 50% of all needed equipment for the offshore wind parks. As many as 80 companies capable of delivering components and services have already been identified, he added.
Earlier this year, the Foundation for Sustainable Energy (FNEZ) published an analysis that found out Poland’s installed offshore wind power capacity in the Baltic Sea could be 4 GW by end-2030 and reach 8 GW by 2035. The analysis pointed out that to achieve such an ambitious goal the country will need to create “stable legal and market conditions that will be incentivise investments.”
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