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Poland shifts focus to investing in offshore wind energy.


The development of offshore wind farms in Poland has never before taken place on such a large scale. The PGE Group is the biggest investor in offshore wind farms in the Polish part of the Baltic Sea in terms of wind turbine capacity. As part of its offshore program, the PGE Group is currently implementing three offshore wind farm projects.

Two of the offshore wind farms, Baltica 2 and Baltica 3, make up the Baltica Offshore Wind Farm with a combined capacity of 2.5GW. PGE is working on this project in collaboration with Danish partner Ørsted. The Baltica offshore wind farm’s two phases have received location and environmental approvals, as well as grid connection agreements with the operator. They have also been awarded a Contract for Difference (CfD).

The PGE Group is currently carrying out three offshore wind farm projects as part of its offshore program.

In April of last year, PGE and Ørsted made significant progress in the Baltica 2 project by signing the first contract for the provision of wind turbines. In June, they also finalized a contract for the supply of offshore substations. The Baltica 2 project is projected to begin producing renewable energy in 2027, with the entire Baltica Offshore Wind Farm expected to be finished by the end of this decade.

The PGE Group is working on a separate project called Baltica 1, in addition to the Baltica Offshore Wind Farm. It is expected to be operational after 2030 and will have a capacity of around 0.9GW. The project has obtained a permit for its location and a connection agreement. In May 2022, wind measurements began for this project, with environmental studies to follow in autumn 2022. The electricity generated by all three farms will be able to power approximately 5.5 million homes in Poland, which accounts for more than one-third of all households in the country receiving wind energy.

Baltica 2 is projected to begin generating renewable energy in 2027, while the entire Baltica Offshore Wind Farm will be finished within the next ten years.

The PGE Group has recently obtained approvals for building artificial islands in the Baltic Sea, allowing for the development of five new areas. This will allow for the construction of additional offshore wind turbines in the future, with a total capacity potential of over 3.9GW. When combined with the current projects (Baltica 2, Baltica 3, and Baltica 1), which have a total capacity of approximately 3.4GW, the PGE Capital Group’s offshore wind portfolio may potentially reach over 7.3GW by 2040.

The Polish economy is entering a new era with the introduction of offshore wind energy.

A strategic goal for advancing the Polish offshore wind industry, utilizing a thorough evaluation of its potential, will aid in the growth of the country’s energy sector. The advantages of offshore wind expansion in Poland should be examined from multiple perspectives – primarily, due to their overall capacity, offshore wind farms will soon become a significant and environmentally-friendly source of energy for the nation.

According to PGE Polska Grupa Energetyczna S.A.’s president, Wojciech Dąbrowski, the current offshore wind energy projects in Poland will have a significant impact on the country’s energy mix. These projects, with a combined capacity of 3.5GW, will generate electricity for 5.5 million households. The investments in the Baltic Sea are crucial for strengthening Poland’s energy security and will also provide a boost to the economy of the Pomerania region. This development will create job opportunities not only in the wind energy industry, but also for businesses looking to be a part of this growing sector.

Investments in the Baltic Sea are essential to enhance Poland’s energy security.

The building of wind farms on the ocean will guarantee that Poland has a stable supply of energy.

The growth of offshore wind is essential for Poland’s energy stability and self-sufficiency. By generating renewable energy, there is no longer a necessity to import non-renewable resources from other countries or depend on depleting coal reserves within the country.

This implies that Poland will not rely on outside fuel providers or global events. Being able to produce electricity independently helps to enhance the nation’s energy independence.

Benefits for energy, the environment, and society.

Poland has ambitions and capabilities to become one of the leaders in offshore wind energy development in the Baltic Sea and even in Europe. We have plenty of resources for the development of offshore wind farms because of our favorable geographical location and natural conditions — strong, stable winds and the relatively shallow considerable area of the Baltic Sea, located in the exclusive economic zone. The Baltic Sea has some of the best wind conditions not only in Europe but also in the world, which are comparable to those in the North Sea.

Using offshore wind power is essential for promoting sustainable growth. In Poland, utilizing environmentally friendly wind energy not only leads to cost savings but also guarantees energy security and independence. Renewable electricity is more affordable compared to traditional fossil fuels. By opting for green energy, consumers can lower their electricity expenses while also aiding in the growth of the green energy industry. This emission-free source of energy helps to reach climate policy objectives and lessen harmful environmental effects. It is a significant move towards decreasing greenhouse gas emissions. Establishing infrastructure for constructing wind farms as alternative energy sources will ensure a variety of energy options.