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India’s Renewable Energy Ministry draft guidelines on offshore wind likely in a month

According to reports, the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) is likely to come out with draft guidelines for offshore wind energy in the next one month, a top official told ET.

“The consensus is that the draft guidelines should be framed within a month,” said Gomathi Nayagam, executive director of the Centre for Wind Energy Technology and chairman of the technical committee for offshore wind.

Experts have bet big especially on Tamil Nadu’s offshore wind potential. A pilot project off the coast of Dhanushkodi, in Tamil Nadu’s southern tip, is set to come up. Offshore is said to be three times to five times costlier than wind onshore. At the same time, it’s twice as efficient as onshore wind.

Some of the issues being discussed by the panel include how to make seabeds available to private offshore wind players as also how to simplify the process of clearances, given that there are at least a dozen approvals required.

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