Minister of New and Renewable Energy Farooq Abdullah (http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/
The panel, headed by Secretary, MNRE, had constituted a sub-committee under Chairman, Tamil Nadu (http://economictimes.indiatimes.com/
"The sub-committee submitted its report to the Ministry in September 2012," he said.
It identified Rameshwaram, Kanyakumari, Maharashtra, Kerala-Konkan and Gujarat for locating wind farms in shallow waters 12 nautical miles from the coast, he said adding it also suggested setting up of a National Offshore Wind Authority for giving licences for such farms on lines of the oil and gas exploration licensing.
Though there is huge potential, offshore wind energy is expensive with no final figures arrived yet, he said. Power evacuation was a problem with no developer willing to lay transmission lines to bring electricity from the installations standing in the sea to onland.