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26 November 2010

Wind Energy in Poland II

On November 26th the latest report Wind Energy in Poland II was presented and discussed by the consulting firm TPA Horwath, law firm Domański Zakrzewski Palinka and the Polish Information and Foreign Investment Agency.

The first three quarters of 2010 turned record high for the energy wind sector in Poland. The growth of wind energy farms in the period was as high as 51% y-o-y and in the whole 2010 may reach 75%. Production capacity of the farms in Poland exceeded the level of 1GW. Still there is room for development as Poland, despite similar natural conditions, has 25 times less wind installations than neighbouring Germany.

 

From the left: Łukasz Leśniewski, PAIiIZ; Bartosz Marcinkowski, DZP and Wojciech Sztuba, TPA Horwath

Only several years ago first professional wind farms started to be located in Poland. Today the sector has been experiencing a dynamic development and its significance for the power industry has been on the rise. Now Poland hosts serious investment projects e.g. construction of a 240MG strong wind farm in Margonin (the region of Wielkopolska). Projects of this kind will help exceed the current amount of generated energy which as of the end of September amounted to 1 096MW - generated by the total of 378 licensed farms. Among key players opening their wind farms in Poland there are: EPA, RWE, Dong, PGE, Iberdrola, Mitsui, J-Power, PEP,EEZ Vattenfall, RP and RP Global.

The latest report on wind energy indicates that last year saw a number of positive investor-oriented changes which effectively streamline the investment preparation process in the field. The amendments of the Energy Law that have came into effect this year introduced material changes with regard to the acquisition of the power grid connection terms by wind farms. Although the wind energy market still seems to be a kind of steeplechase for investors, the sector has been expanding. In the coming years over 500MW i.e. several hundred new farms a year should be installed in the countrty. The development does not mean that Poland, like many other countries, has not been experiencing a growing criticism of wind farms. That is why effective promotion and a public dialogue concerning the sector should be competently managed by private players, sectoral organisations and politicians.

Attachment:

Raport - Wind energy sector in Poland 2010

More information:
Wojciech Sztuba, TPA Horwath
Tel.: +48 22 44 00 200
wojciech.sztuba@tpa-horwath.pl

Łukasz Leśniewski, PAIiIZ
Tel. +48 22 334 98 76
lukasz.lesniewski@paiz.gov.pl



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