FOWIND – Facilitating Offshore Wind in India
A four-year project to support the development of offshore wind in India (www.fowind.in).
About the project
The FOWIND project seeks to facilitate India’s transition towards low carbon development by supporting implementation of national policies and programmes for offshore wind.
FOWIND is a four-year project to develop a roadmap for offshore wind development in India, with a focus on the states of Gujarat and Tamil Nadu. Its output will be supported by preliminary resource assessments to identify potential areas for offshore development along the coasts of the States of Gujarat and Tamil Nadu.
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- To create an enabling environment for offshore wind through preliminary resource mapping, policy guidance and capacity building measures
- To assess the infrastructure base and identify improvements required
- To build partnerships at a technical, policy and research level both within India and between India and European companies, research groups and institutions
- Finally to develop an Offshore Wind Outlook and development pathway for India up to 2032
What’s happening in India
The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy put forth a draft offshore wind policy in 2012. The Ministry intends to adopt a formal offshore wind policy for the country in the near future.
Preliminary assessments in India suggest offshore prospects along the coastline of the states of Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, Maharashtra, Kerala, Karnataka and Goa.
Under the FOWIND project, GWEC will work with its Indian partners in order that they may learn as much as possible from the European experience to ensure that when India ventures offshore it does so in the most effective way possible; helping to lower the financial and regulatory risks for investors in offshore wind projects, as and when they come up in India.
FOWIND Project Inception Report
The FOWIND project has now been operational for over six months, and together with our Consortium Partners (C-STEP, DNV GL, WISE, GPCL and IEDCL) we have built on the work we put in on the original proposal to come up with this report.
In it you will find fully fleshed out analysis which will serve as a baseline against which we measure our own progress, as well as that of the private sector and government as we move towards the creation of a flourishing offshore wind industry, bringing large quantities of clean and affordable energy to a growing nation to power its continued and accelerated economic growth, as well as contributing to its industrial development and energy security. The report outlines many challenges which will need to be faced and overcome in the coming years: to develop the necessary policy and regulatory frameworks across many government departments at both central and state levels; to attract both public and private investment in the necessary infrastructure to facilitate the development of the industry, particularly when it comes to ports and grids; and finally, to ensure that the conditions are created to leverage India’s natural advantages to contain costs in the first instance, and continually lower them over the medium to longer term.