India government forms authority for offshore wind energy

A National Offshore Wind Energy Authority (NOWA) will be set up soon to streamline the permitting process for offshore wind farms in waters of the coast of India, a government official said.

India’s renewable energy ministry said in a statement on its website that the government wants to ensure a “conducive environment” for developing offshore wind energy. The country’s offshore wind power potential has been estimated at 350 GW.

Several Indian ministries will be involved in the offshore wind permitting process, including the Ministry of Defense, Ministry of Civil Aviation, Ministry of Home Affairs and the Ministry of Earth Sciences.

As for onshore wind energy, India surpassed 19.6 GW of installed capacity in 2012. By 2030, the country is expected to have 191 GW of onshore wind farms.

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