December 19 (Renewables Now) - FOWIND, the consortium led by the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC), today published a study providing an informed outlook for offshore wind development in the Indian states of Gujarat and Tamil Nadu.
The report, called “From Zero To Five GW: Offshore Wind Outlook for Gujarat and Tamil Nadu (2018-2032)“, gives a clear picture of the amount of new offshore wind capacity that can be reliably incorporated into the two state grids over the next three 5-year plan periods, starting in 2018.
The study says that Gujarat and Tamil Nadu can integrate some 500 MW of new offshore wind capacity through existing grid infrastructure by March 2022, without any significant costs. The two states can go as far as achieving a total of 5 GW by 2032 if they follow three specific pathways mentioned in the report.
FOWIND stresses that the 5 GW of capacity should not be viewed as the best-case assessment or a proposed target, but an “indicative guidance that helps to focus the attention of policy makers and private industry into proactively developing India’s offshore wind sector”.
The government, however, needs to pay attention to five action items that require immediate attention if the two states are to pursue 5 GW of offshore wind capacity. These are: developing a long-term offshore wind roadmap, clear consenting and permitting procedures, regional and national grid development, financial support mechanisms and competence/skill development.
“While there are still many challenges ahead, we believe that a sustainable offshore wind industry in India is likely to come sooner rather than later, providing much needed clean, competitively priced power to fuel India’s growth, creating jobs and whole new industries,“ said Steve Sawyer, GWEC Secretary General. Sawyer stresses in the report that the above-mentioned figures do not represent a forecast and may well be exceeded.
FOWIND notes that the work done under the report is based on current policies, market and technology trends.