During a meeting of the sub-committee for preparation of the draft policy, Rajeev Ranjan, TNEB chairman and also the chairman of the sub-committee informed that in order to attract investment into the sector, formulation of policy guidelines was urgently warranted. “The policy guidelines will steer the offshore wind energy projects and be the basis of participation of the private sector,” he said.
The draft guidelines for offshore wind energy in the country is being prepared at the Centre for Wind Energy Technology (CWET) on the advice of the Ministry for New and Renewable Energy (MNRE).
There are suggestions that offshore projects at the sites where initial assessment has already been done could be taken up initially and not wait for resource assessment, as it would consume a lot of time. It was decided during the meeting that C-WET would work on a detailed draft report and circulate the same in the sub-committee within a month.
An advisory has been issued to the coastal states with offshore wind power potential to nominate a designated agency for the purpose of developing the projects while a separate sub-group would be formed for operationalising clearances to pacify the efforts.
India is the fifth largest wind power developing nation in the world, but the offshore wind segment is yet to kick off, however, C-WET and other agencies in the country have conducted various studies which reveal that the coastal states of Tamil Nadu, Maharashtra and Gujarat have good potential for offshore wind.
Source: The Hindu