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Polish draft offshore wind bill moving through parliament

Poland’s Parliamentary Commission for Energy, Climate and State Assets has completed the first reading of the draft offshore wind bill.

The draft bill supporting the development of offshore wind energy in the Baltic Sea was adopted by the Council of Ministers at the end of November and shortly after submitted to the Sejm.

The bill will now undergo further reading and proceedings in the Polish Parliament.

To remind, this summer, the Polish government published the revised draft offshore wind bill which would allow for 5.9 GW of capacity to be offered via Contracts for Difference (CfDs) by the end of June 2021.

It introduces a number of improvements, including that administrative and legal procedures have been simplified, reducing the investors’ time to implement investments.

The 5.9 GW in the first phase of development correspond to the real potential of advanced projects, i.e. those that already have or will be able to sign a connection agreement within a specified period of time.

The second phase will include two auctions, the first in 2025 and the second in 2027, both for 2.5 GW of capacity.