The Polish Ministry of Infrastructure has launched further administrative procedures for granting concessions for new offshore wind sites in the Polish Baltic Sea in 2022. There are 11 proceedings in total. The Minister of Infrastructure Marek Gróbarczyk informed that so far 125 applications have been received for licenses for offshore wind farms in new maritime areas in Poland.
So far, Poland has issued a total of 11 location permits for offshore wind farms for the so-called old locations where offshore wind farm projects are currently being developed in what is known as the first phase. The second phase of offshore wind development requires permitting of new sites. The last deadline for applications is May 16. The entire process of assigning more sites and licenses should be completed by the end of 2022.
On 1 December 2021, the long-awaited decree of the Minister of Infrastructure on the evaluation of applications in the adjudication procedure establishing the criteria by which applications for permits to erect artificial islands will be evaluated was published.
Investors with obtained permits will be able to participate in future auctions for offshore wind farms, the second round of offshore wind development in Poland. According to the Offshore Act, the President of the Energy Regulatory Office will organize auctions for offshore wind farms in 2025 and 2027.
On 2 February 2021, The Council of Ministers approved the Energy Policy of Poland until 2040 (PEP2040), which provides a vision for Poland’s energy transition strategy. PEP2040 foresees, that the installed capacity of offshore wind farms by 2030 will be 5.9 GW and up to 11 GW in 2040. However, it can be assumed that due to technological advances, particularly in the context of offshore wind turbine capacity, the installed capacity in these years will be higher.