MNRE unveils National offshore Wind Energy Policy


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Although, we have seen on-shore wind energy technology has a reached a point of mass production and has almost become at par with fossil fuel generated electricity , the offshore wind energy is yet reach at that level.

Objective

  • The intent is to develop a policy which will assist to harness the maximum offshore wind potential.
  • Encourage Deployment of Offshore Wind Farms in the first instance up to 12 Nautical Miles from Coast and beyond 12 Nautical miles to under 200 Nautical miles.
  • Encourage investment in energy infrastructure
  • Reduce carbon emission
  • Achieve energy security
  • Promote research and development in offshore wind technology
  • Create more employment opportunities

Nodal Ministry

Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) will be the nodal ministry

Nodal Agency

Nodal offshore Wind Energy Authority (NOWA) will be the nodal agency. NOWA will be the single window agency and will coordinate with concerned Ministries/Departments for the required clearances. However, NOWA will only act as a facilitator for getting clearance and application for clearance will be dealt in entirety by the concerned Ministry/Department.

Request for Clearances

Clearances required before installation in the sea would be related to Ministry of Defense, Ministry of Shipping/State Maritime Board/State Government, Ministry of Petroleum & Natural Gas, Ministry of Environment & Forests and few others which are listed in Annexure-I in the document link given below.

Incentives

  • No tax for ten years
  • Concession in customs duty
  • Exemption from Excise duty for purchasing equipment’s and technology, might be available to manufacturers
  • No service tax for services like conducting of Resource Assessment / EIA / Oceanographic Study by third party, utilization of survey vessels and installation vessels might be available

For more information , go through the document: draft-national-policy-for-offshore-wind

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