Cabinet clears offshore wind energy policy

The Union Cabinet today approved the new offshore wind energy policy by authorising Ministry of MNRE and National Institute of Wind Energy for executing R D and allocation of offshore wind energy across the 7 600 km long Indian coastline
Cabinet clears offshore wind energy policy

The Ministry of New & Renewable Energy (MNRE) will use the offshore areas within the Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ) of the country and the National Institute of Wind Energy (NIWE) will develop the offshore wind energy in the country and will carry out allocation of offshore wind energy blocks, coordination and allied functions with related ministries and agencies. The Union Cabinet, chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi cleared the new policy in New Delhi today.

The approval paves way for offshore wind energy development including, setting up of offshore wind power projects and research and development activities, in waters, in or adjacent to the country, up to the seaward distance of 200 Nautical Miles (EEZ of the country) from the base line.

Preliminary assessments along the 7,600 km long Indian coastline have indicated prospects of development of offshore wind power. With the introduction of the National Offshore Wind Energy Policy, the government is attempting to replicate the success of the onshore wind power development in the offshore wind power development. The policy will provide a level playing field to all investors/beneficiaries, domestic and international. All the processes would be carried out by NIWE.

The development would help the country in moving forward towards attaining energy security.

The scheme would be applicable throughout the country depending upon offshore wind potential availability.

Worldwide, wind energy is accepted as one of the most developed, cost-effective and proven renewable energy technologies to meet increasing electricity demands in a sustainable manner. While onshore wind energy technologies have reached a stage of large scale deployment and have become competitive with fossil fuel based electricity generation, with supportive policy regimes across the world, exploitation of offshore wind energy is yet to reach a comparable scale. India has achieved significant success in the onshore wind power development, with over 23 GW of wind energy capacity already installed and generating power.

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