Wind energy strikes a new record
Power Market Energy has recently published 2017 data on the energy generated by wind farms in Poland. The numbers were better than expected. Polish wind farms produced 14,9 TWh of green energy, which sets a new record for renewable energy production from wind in Poland. The power generated in 2016, i.e. one year ago, was 12,6 TWh.
Even though “green” energy in Poland is not of considerable importance compared with other power sources, the share of renewable energy from wind is slowly growing. In 2017, wind farms supplied over 8 percent of electric power in Poland. Wind energy generation is improved partly due to greater number of wind turbines and the fact that newer constructions are better adapted to the local environment and average winds that prevail in Poland over strong winds.
The number and size of Polish wind farms may soon grow rapidly, as PKN Orlen, one of the biggest corporations in the country and the biggest domestic player in the oil industry, revealed its plans for investment into this type of energy production. According to media reports, Orlen wants to construct an offshore wind farm with the capacity of generating 1200MW of power. This is one fifth of what the already existing wind farms in Poland can generate. The company recently opened tender proceedings for technical specifications.
– Initiation of the wind farm project is in line both with our strategic assumptions and the plans for the development of Polish economy towards low-emission solutions – says Marcin Walewski from PKN Orlen. The company recently completed another big investment connected with the power industry: construction of a gas heat and power plant in Włocławek. Another project which is under way is a gas block in Płock. It is also possible that PKN Orlen will be involved in erection of the first Polish nuclear power plant.