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Europe’s pressure pushes Poland into offshore wind catch-up race

PGE Group, Poland’s largest energy company, has been granted environmental permits for two gigawatt-scale offshore wind farms 20 kilometers off the Polish coast. The 1498 MW Baltica 2 and 1045 MW Baltica 3 projects are now expected to begin construction in 2022 and begin generation in 2026. In October, the company, which currently owns around 40% of the county’s energy market share, entered discussions with Orsted regarding a potential 50% stake in the projects. Of Poland’s gigawatt-scale offshore wind projects these have progressed the furthest, but RWE Renewables also has a 4-project pipeline totaling 1500 MW around the Slupsk bank, on which construction may begin in 2023. Coal is currently the source of more than 75% of Poland’s 42 GW…

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