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Polish energy company commits to offshore wind

Poland’s second largest electricity supplier and generator has adopted a strategic plan that includes investing in low and zero emission power generation, including offshore wind.

Tauron Polska Energia, the parent company in Tauron Group, one of the largest business entities in Poland, adopted a strategic plan on 27 May 2019 that “takes into account changes in the market and regulatory environment in which it operates.”

The plan includes developing low emission and zero emission sources, and a commitment to increase the low emission and zero emission sources of generation in its portfolio from 10% to around 30% in 2025 and more than 65% in 2030.

Taking into account what it described as “the need for the group’s energy transition,” Tauron said it plans to invest in renewable energy sources. By 2025 the group plans to invest in more onshore windfarms (an additional 900 MW), solar (an additional 300 MW) and “to have commenced the process of engaging in the construction of offshore windfarms.”

The Polish Government is expected to publish legislation later this year that will pave the way for the large-scale roll-out of offshore windfarms in the country, although there are still many other challenges to address.

Polish energy company PKN Orlen has confirmed plans to invest in the development of offshore windfarms in the Baltic, and 13 potential partners responded to PGE Group’s December 2018 invitation to participate in a project to build offshore windfarms in the Baltic.

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