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PKEE: offshore wind farms the main pillar of the energy transition

The Polish Electricity Association (PKEE) is calling to make offshore wind farms one of the pillars of the transition to a low-emission energy system.

The PKEE believes that the European Union should promote a wide deployment of offshore wind energy to meet ambitious climate targets and to further boost Europe’s industrial leadership in this field.

Poland is by far the leading country in the region in terms of installed onshore wind capacity. And, according to the PKEE, offshore wind potential in the country is estimated at more than 10 gigawatts (GW) by 2040 and may significantly contribute to reaching renewable energy targets.

At the beginning of June, power utility company Enea announced its interest in offshore wind farms in the Baltic Sea with a possible total capacity of up to 3.3 GW. Furthermore, Poland’s largest power producing company PGE Capital Group is engaged in the development of offshore wind farms, up to 2.5 GW of installed capacity in the Baltic Sea by the end of 2030. Energy holding company Tauron is exploring the possibilities of offshore investments under the Tauron Green Turn update of strategic directions. Also, Energa is following this path through the envisaged participation in the construction of 1.2 GW in offshore wind farms, carried out by its shareholder PKN Orlen.

Considering all the activities carried out by its members, the PKEE is encouraging the European Commission to propose measures strengthening the EU industrial and technological leadership in the offshore sector based on EU-production across an entire value chain.

While welcoming the EU’s ambition to reach more than 250 GW of installed offshore wind capacities by 2050, the PKEE underlined that to make it happen, the EU should take the necessary actions to ensure viable conditions for electricity generation in offshore wind farms.

This will require crucial investments in the deployment of grid infrastructure to allow the transmission of big volumes of electricity and to avoid any curtailments of offshore wind electricity. To this end, the EU Strategy should come up with a framework enabling the development of the electricity grid and this should be also respectively addressed in the upcoming revision of the Trans-European Networks for Energy (TEN-E).

“We believe that one of the most important amendments would be to enable classifying offshore wind grid connections as projects of common interest (PCI) even in case of no direct impact on the level of cross-border flows,” reads the association’s statement. “New Regulation should reflect the approach that offshore renewable electricity is considered itself as a common interest of all Europeans.”

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