Editorial by Shruti Shukla

FOWIND: Facilitating Offshore Wind in India

I am very pleased to share with you the news about GWEC’s latest project. In December last year, the GWEC led consortium was granted a four-year project to facilitate the development of Offshore Wind in India by the EU Delegation to India.

GWEC will partner withDNV GL, the Centre for Study of Science, Technology and Policy (CSTEP, India), the Gujarat Power Corporation (GPCL, India) and the World Institute for Sustainable Energy (WISE, India) under this project.

The FOWIND project is supported by a €4 million grant contribution through the European Union’s Indo-European Cooperation on Renewable Energy programme and another € 0.5 million contribution through GPCL. The project will be executed in close cooperation with the Indian Ministry of New and Renewable Energy, the Government of Gujarat and the Centre for Wind Energy Technology (CWET), Chennai and other relevant agencies of the Indian government to assess regulatory and technical challenges and look at opportunities presented by offshore wind in India.

The specific objectives of the project are to create an enabling environment for offshore wind through resource mapping and validation, policy guidance and capacity building measures, and to assess the infrastructure base and identify improvements required. In addition, the project will seek to build partnerships at a technical, policy and research level both in India and between Indian and European wind industry, research groups and institutions, with a final goal of developing an Offshore Wind Outlook and development pathway for India up to 2032.

We look forward to keeping GWEC members and friends updated on the outcomes of the project over coming months and years. We will also be in touch whenever we hold conferences or seminars under the project for possible collaboration and participation.

If you have any questions about the project, feel free to write to us.

Happy reading,

Shruti Shukla, Sr. Policy Advisor