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Wind sweeps Polish joint auction

Onshore wind dominated a joint technology auction, Poland’s Energy Regulatory Office announced, with projects totalling over 2.2GW sealing 15-year contracts for difference (CfDs).

Wind projects secured the majority of contracts in Poland's joint-technology tender (pic: Invenergy)
Wind projects secured the majority of contracts in Poland's joint-technology tender (pic: Invenergy)

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The Polish Wind Energy Association (PWEA) said bids for wind ranged from PLN 163/MWh (€38.25/MWh) to PLN 233/MWh (€54.68/MWh), with an average price of PLN 208/MWh, below the current wholesale price of PLN 220/MWh.

The regulator said a total of 101 wind and solar projects over 1MW received support in the auction out of a total 164 bids received.

Among auction participants, EDP Renovaveis revealed it secured contracts for a portfolio of 11 wind farms with a total capacity of 307MW it plans to commission in 2021 and 2022, and which will bring its onshore wind capacity in the country to over 750MW.

Onshore wind projects received PLN 16.1 billion in support while solar projects won just PLN 129 million.

PWEA president Janusz Gajowiecki said the auction results "highlight the cost advantage of onshore wind compared to other electricity generation technologies".

PWEA stressed that many participants in the tender decided to seek state support for only a portion of the electricity to be generated from their projects and are increasingly looking to sell power on the market or under power purchase agreement (PPA) contracts.

After this auction, there are also still many other projects left in the market, Gajowiecki said.

PWEA said projects awarded contracts should be completed by 2022. With this capacity and that awarded in a 2018 auction, the association sees onshore capacity in the country on track to exceed 9.1GW.

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