The Clean Energy Council today welcomes the announcement by Federal Energy Minister Chris Bowen that Australia has signed up to the Global Offshore Wind Alliance, saying it will provide an important boost to Australia’s rapidly growing offshore wind industry.
Clean Energy Council Director of Energy Generation and Storage, Dr Nicholas Aberle, today said:
"Offshore wind energy has a huge role to play in Australia's energy transition. Already we have more than 50 GW of projects under development. With the stronger and steadier winds in the ocean, that kind of capacity can comfortably replace the generation from Australia's coal fleet.
"A lot of work remains to be done in Australia to tap into the full potential of offshore wind. Port development, supply chains, and workforce – these are just some of the challenges the industry faces, but Australia's participation in the Global Offshore Wind Alliance will help bring lessons from other countries to our shores.
"The Federal Government will soon finalise the first offshore wind area in Australia, off the coast of Gippsland in Victoria. More area declarations are expected over the coming 12 months. This will allow project developers to apply for feasibility licences, which will kickstart Australia's next important wave of offshore wind development."
The Global Offshore Wind Alliance has been initiated by the International Renewable Energy Agency, Denmark and the Global Wind Energy Council and will bring together governments, the private sector, international organisations and other stakeholders to accelerate the deployment of offshore wind power.
Since early 2022, the Clean Energy Council has been convening an Offshore Wind Working Group, helping to bring together more than 40 companies involved in the offshore wind industry, ranging from project developers and turbine manufacturers to the investors, engineering firms and other advisory firms that will play a key role in the ongoing development of the offshore wind industry.
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