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Wind NewsIndia looks to offshore wind energy to increase renewable power generation

13 Dec 2012

India government is mulling over the introduction of new policies that facilitate increased wind power generation from offshore farms that can possibly come up on its vast coastline.


A report prepared by a sub-committee under the New and Renewable Energy ministry has suggested that a National Offshore Wind Authority be created to monitor and provide licenses for offshore wind farms.

The sub-committee was set up to draft policy guidelines that aide wind energy generation in India.

Minister for New and Renewable Energy Farooq Abdullah was quoted by The Hindu Business Line as saying that they are considering a proposed offshore wind project from Suzlon.

"We are taking help from Denmark, England and Germany who have developed offshore wind farms

"Apart from the presence of a policy, the implementation of offshore wind energy projects also depends upon firming of the wind resource, oceanographic studies, environmental impact assessment and various clearance required for such project," Abdullah added.

The country's coastline, spread across 7,500km, has potential for the construction of offshore wind farms, particularly in Gujarat, Kanyakumari, Kerala-Konkan and Rameshwaram areas, the report said.