The government of India has approved a proposal to declare the use of tides and waves to generate electricity as renewable power.
The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy made the announcement recently, saying the recognition of the generation source will help boost the use of ocean energy in the country.
Tidal energy has the potential to provide a capacity of as much as 12,455 MW in locations within the Khambat and Kutch regions, according to the Ministry. Wave energy can potentially add 40,000 MW of capacity, and ocean thermal energy conversion (OTEC) is estimated to be 180,000 MW — subject, the government says, to “technological evolution.”
The Indian government has made increased efforts to build new renewable energy infrastructure in the country, and there have been mixed reports regarding the country achieving its 2030 climate change goals.
A statement by the government said it is exploring all possible avenues to stimulate innovation, boost job creation and economic growth and reduce the country’s carbon emissions. It states: “Energy produced using various forms of ocean energy such as tidal, wave, ocean thermal energy conversation etc. shall be considered as renewable energy and shall be eligible for meeting the non-solar Renewable Purchase Obligation (RPO).”
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This article was first published on Smart Energy International and was reprinted with permission.