Poland continues its programme to develop offshore wind energy, releasing other areas for investment in the Baltic Sea in a competitive procedure. RWE Renewables has recently submitted three applications for new location permits for offshore wind farms.
– Since its early stages, we have been actively participating in the Polish offshore wind market. Furthermore, we are intensively developing the F.E.W. Baltic II project, which gives us a comprehensive diagnosis of the needs and conditions of this exceptionally important sector for the national economy. This allows us to make even better use of our experience and resources in offshore wind energy, supporting its further development in Poland – says Grzegorz Chodkowski from RWE, responsible for developing the offshore wind sector in Poland.
If the permit granting process is successful for RWE, it will mean the efficient and timely launch of additional sources of green energy generation in Poland, based on the most modern and proven technological solutions.
– We have vast experience in this field; currently, we operate offshore wind farms with a total capacity of 2.4 GW, owned by RWE, in such countries as the UK, Germany, Belgium, Denmark and Sweden. Poland is a strategic market for us in terms of development, hence our full determination to support the domestic market for green energy generation on the way to achieving ambitious climate targets – adds Grzegorz Chodkowski.
Efficient implementation of the new projects will bring our country significantly closer to achieving the diversification of energy sources necessary today and increasing the share of Renewable Energy Sources (RES) in final energy consumption, as set out in Poland’s Energy Policy.
Obtaining the opportunity to start work on further offshore wind farm projects, in addition to the currently under preparation F.E.W. Baltic II project, would be an excellent opportunity for RWE to share further its investment potential and 20 years of experience in the development, construction and operation of similar projects in Europe.
RWE is currently developing offshore wind projects with a total capacity of 8 GW worldwide. In addition, it operates offshore wind farms across Europe, including on the Danish (Rødsand 2: 207 MW, RWE share 20%), Swedish (Kårehamn: 48 MW) and German Baltic Sea (Arkona: 385 MW, RWE share 50%) coasts.
In Poland, the company is at an advanced stage of preparation for the construction of F.E.W. Baltic II with 350 MW, on which teams in Gdynia, Slupsk and Warsaw are working. In Poland, R.W.E. is active in onshore wind farms with a total installed capacity of 410 MW. Further projects are in the preparation or construction phase. In 2022 RWE plans, among other things, to start up the Rozdrażew onshore wind farms (16.8 MW) and to build two more onshore facilities.
In addition, RWE diversifies its Polish Renewable Energy portfolio by investing in photovoltaic farm projects. In 2022 and 2023, RWE plans to build more than 80 MW of new PV projects.