European Union Fanning Offshore Wind Energy in India
By Ken Silverstein
As India tries to power its emerging economy, it will look beyond coal to offshore wind energy. And, it will be getting some help from the European Union, which will be coming up with a roadmap and help with financing.
The plan, which falls under the umbrella of the Global Wind Energy Council, focuses on the states of Gujarat in the northwest and Tamil Nadu in the southeast. It will be a four-year process, although the results will include projections up to 2032. The wind council says that the specific objectives are to lay the groundwork for offshore development through resource mapping, policy guidance, and capacity building measures. The stakeholders will also evaluate the infrastructure needs and make suggestions as to how to move the energy from offshore to the urban areas where it’s needed.
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