In what could be termed as an effort on the part of the government to make India a wind power generation hub, soon the country will have offshore facilities to generate more wind power, says Dr. Farooq Abdullah, the Union Minister for New and Renewable Energy.
Speaking at the ‘Wind Power India 2012’ conference held in Chennai, the MNRE minister said that it was time that India explored the option of setting up wind turbines in the sea. “Currently, India ranks World number 5 in wind power generation, and our plan is to become No 1. We are thinking that the time has come to go into the sea to generate more power from there also,” he said.
According to a report- The India Wind Energy Outlook 2012- which was released at the conference by Dr. Abdullah, India’s potential for wind power development is expected to be around 400 GW, and more if the potential of offshore wind and repowering are fully exploited. The report was jointly prepared by The World Institute of Sustainable Energy (WISE), Indian Wind Turbine Manufacturers Association (IWTMA) and Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC).
Commenting over the Indian wind energy sector, Steve Sawyer, Secretary General of GWEC, said that wind is already cost-competitive with heavily subsidised fossil fuel based energy in several Indian states, and its competitive position will only improve over time. He added that there was need for effective national energy policy, coordination with states, investments in the grid and policy stability for wind power to fulfill its true potential.