Polish energy grid operator to invest $1.23 billion to handle offshore wind power

Polskie Sieci Elektroenergetyczne (PSE) will allocate approximately PLN 4.5 billion by 2030 to the construction or modernization of substations and transmission lines in the Pomeranian Voivodeship, the company said.
It is estimated that by 2040 the offshore wind farms will be able to supply the Polish power system with approx. 11 GW of capacity. This is the equivalent of about 20% of the entire production potential in Poland today. Companies investing in offshore farms will be responsible for shifting power from the windmills to land. PSE will forward it to other parts of the country. PSE has already issued connection conditions for offshore wind farms with a total capacity of 8.4 GW. The first of them will start producing electricity as early as 2026, it was underlined.

“The development of offshore wind farms in the Polish waters of the Baltic Sea means that over 250 km of new high-voltage overhead lines must soon be built in the Pomeranian Voivodeship alone. Offshore wind farms are an important element of the Polish Energy Policy until 2040 recently adopted by the government, the aim of which is to build a low-emission economy. Offshore wind farms are its integral element, ”said PSE Vice President Włodzimierz Mucha, quoted in the press release.

To send power from offshore windmills you need, among others two new power stations and four lines with a voltage of 400 kV.

Currently, public consultations of the proposed line routes are underway, both with institutions, local government authorities and residents of more than 20 communes of the Pomeranian Voivodeship. The company has also started an environmental inventory aimed at obtaining an environmental decision for the investment.

Polskie Sieci Elektroenergetyczne (PSE) is the operator of the electricity transmission system in Poland. They own over 15,000 km of lines and over 100 extra-high voltage substations.

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