Australia will join an alliance of government and private organisations to boost the offshore wind industry. Announced at COP27, this venture will leverage the expertise and support of other nations to help establish an offshore wind industry in Australia.
Minister for Climate Change and Energy, Chris Bowen, said Australia has some of the best offshore wind in the world, which has not been harnessed until now.
‘Offshore wind offers exciting possibilities for Australia’s energy system and will play a pivotal role in our transition to a clean energy future and our ambition to become a renewable energy superpower,’ the Minister said.
The Australian Government has proposed 6 regions with world-class offshore wind potential. These locations have more than enough capability to meet our domestic needs for cheaper, cleaner energy.
The government has also announced $6 billion to help deliver VNI-West and unlock Victoria’s offshore wind and renewable industries. This also includes helping to build Marinus Link and Tasmania’s Battery of the Nation.
The Global Offshore Wind Alliance (GOWA), aims to establish at least 380 GW of global offshore wind capacity by 2030. This will be achieved by building a global driving force for the uptake of offshore wind, creating an international community of practice.
Offshore wind can deliver secure and reliable energy due to its power capacity and availability at times when solar power and onshore wind are not available. The technology will also support Australia’s ambition to get the grid to 82% renewable energy by 2030.