Poland has amended its Renewable Energy Sources Act to make it easier to invest in offshore wind energy and other forms of clean energy.
The amendments to the act were signed into law by the president on 29 June 2018 and include a change to rules for offshore projects applying for and participating in auctions that law firm CMS said will help facilitate investment in the sector.
CMS partner Piotr Ciołkowski and associate Zofia Romanowska said that, among other things, the amendments stipulate that offshore projects will be placed in the same auction basket or pot with hydropower, biofuels and geothermal energy (pot 2).
The law firms said the amendment also meant that offshore wind projects in Poland would be released from a currently binding obligation to have planning permission to participate in the auction. “This will greatly speed up and simplify the investment process,” they said.
Another significant development in Poland is a draft plan for spatial development of sea areas including territorial waters and the exclusive economic zone in the Baltic, together with environmental impact assessments published on 19 June this year by the Maritime Office in Gdynia.
The draft plan indicates suitable zones for the development of offshore wind energy in the Baltic and potential connection infrastructure.
Overall, said CMS, the amendments are a significant step forward in the regulation of renewable energy in the country and bring Polish legislation into line with EU law and will advance the development of renewable energy in Poland.
One of the main aims of the amendments is to establish a framework for renewable energy auctions and introduce support mechanisms for renewable energy in the form of feed-in-tariffs and feed-in premiums.