In the "Offshore Wind Energy — Analysis of benefits for the Polish economy and development determinants" report, the consultancy estimates that offshore wind could create 31,800 new jobs in Poland by 2025.
It would also support a vibrant local supply chain. Polish companies are already involved in offshore wind, PWEA points out. Among them are the Crist Shipyard, GSG Towers and Grupa Kapitalowa Vistal — manufacturers of turbine towers and steel offshore structures.
Under its national renewable energy action plan, Poland is committed to installing 500MW of offshore wind capacity by 2020. "However, a target specified at such a level seems underestimated. Poland exhibits much higher potential in the area," said PWEA president Wojciech Cetnarski.
A target of 6GW in the 2020s is also necessary to pre-empt a power deficit as older coal-fired plants are shut down under EU rules, Poland's Foundation for Sustainable Energy said last autumn.