Polish Briefing 16 September, 2021 11:00 am   

Polish Briefing: The sector agreement for offshore wind farms has been signed | MKiŚ: Coal assets should not go to one entity


What goes on in Poland on the 16th of September.

The sector agreement for offshore wind farms has been signed

“Offshore wind energy is not only strengthening energy security and a pillar of energy transformation. This is a civilizational opportunity to build and develop a competitive advantage of Polish entrepreneurs, based on modern zero-emission technologies,” said Michał Kurtyka, Minister of Climate and Environment, during the ceremony of signing the sector agreement for the construction of offshore wind farms.

“The overriding goal of this agreement is to support the development of this sector in Poland and to maximize the so-called local content, i.e. the participation of Polish companies in the supply chain for offshore wind farms, that will be built in the Polish part of the Baltic Sea,” the minister added.

“The signing of today’s agreement is an unprecedented achievement that we can all be proud of. This is the second in the world, after Great Britain, sector agreement regarding the construction of a new sector of the economy, which is offshore wind energy. This is an example of very good cooperation between the government and current and future investors and operators of offshore wind farms in Poland and entrepreneurs involved in the supply for the preparation, implementation and operation of projects,” Deputy Minister Ireneusz Zyska added.

“We are glad that many key entities for the industry and the supply chain for offshore wind energy have already joined the implementation of the provisions of the Agreement. We also encourage other entities to join this initiative,” Zyska said.

MKiŚ: Coal assets should not go to one entity

The Ministry of Climate and Environment (MKiŚ) believes that coal-based energy assets should not go to a single entity, but be brought to the end of their life span under a mechanism that maintains an element of competition, Minister Michał Kurtyka informed. In his opinion, only then will it be possible to receive support for these assets from the European Commission.

“We are warning our colleagues against “putting all eggs into one basket”, because this may result in the loss of competence and somewhat create a place where there is no alternative – 20,000 people will be deprived of an alternative,” Kurtyka told reporters. Additionally, if the state wants to provide financial support, the entity that receives it should be competitive. “There should be several entities,” the minister pointed out. “The structure must allows the power plants to reach their end of life. We are able to negotiate this in the European Union, but we must have competitive space,” he added. He noted that the Ministry of Climate and Environment forwarded its comments on this matter to the Ministry of State Assets (MAP).