Australia signs with Global Offshore Wind Alliance

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Australia has officially signed on as a member of the Global Offshore Wind Alliance at COP27 in Egypt.

The Clean Energy Council welcomed the announcement by Federal Energy Minister Chris Bowen, saying it would provide an important boost to Australia’s rapidly growing offshore wind industry. 

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Clean Energy Council director of energy generation and storage Dr Nicholas Aberle said, “Offshore wind energy has a huge role to play in Australia’s energy transition. Already we have more than 50GW 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.”

“This is a positive signal that Australia is serious about offshore wind as a key part of our energy mix and economy. Signing onto the Alliance shows a commitment to the clean energy transition that must happen if we are to confront climate change and keep 1.5°C degrees within grasp,” the council said in a statement.

The Global Offshore Wind Alliance aims to achieve a minimum total offshore wind capacity of 380GW by 2030 and 2,000GW by 2050.

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Clean Energy Council CEO Kane Thornton hosted a discussion session at COP27 called ‘Unlocking Australia’s Offshore Wind Industry: Waking a Sleeping Giant’. During the event he said, “The opportunity for Australia is enormous—we have some of the best offshore wind resource in the world and governments are setting strong targets and policy to unlock this investment.

“There is still much work to be done to make offshore wind a reality—build workforce, develop the supply chain, modernise the regulatory environment and align policy and regulation, but today’s news indicates that the appetite is there.”

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