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Union Cabinet approves National Offshore Wind Energy Policy

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Union Cabinet chaired by the Prime Minister Narendra Modi, has given its approval to National Offshore Wind Energy Policy which would provide the roadmap for development of such plants in the country. India is already among the world’s top producers of electricity from windmills on land, with a capacity of more than 23,000 mw.(Power, Coal and New & Renewable Energy Minister – Piyush Goyal)

Under this policy

  • Ministry for new and renewable energy (MNRE) will be the nodal authority for offshore wind power within Exclusive Economic Zone (EEZ).
  • National Institute of Wind Energy (NIWE) will be the nodal agency to allocate offshore blocks for wind energy, coordinate with other ministries and development of offshore wind energy in the country.
  • Development of offshore wind energy, 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 (exclusive economic zone or EEZ of the country).

National Institute of Wind Energy (NIWE) will be the nodal agency for development of offshore wind energy in the country.

Policy would help to achieve country’s targets for renewable energy and development of wind energy. The government aims to add 1 lakh mw of solar energy capacity and 60,000 mw of wind energy by 2022.