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Title: No wind power at ecology cost: Govt
Source:The Pioneer
Date:22 February 2019

To ensure that its ambition to install 30,000 megawatt of offshore wind power by 2030 does not come at the cost of the marine ecology health, the Government has proposed that lease of wind farm in the sector will be cancelled if they are found posing threat to flora and fauna beneath the sea. This is one of the major reasons for lease cancellations proposed in the draft Offshore Wind Energy Lease Rules, 2019 issued by the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE). The Ministry is now seeking suggestions and opinion from the public about the proposed rules. The rules also propose penalty to the defaulter project proponent in the form of fine and jail imprisonment, if found violating the norms. As per the draft rules, lease of an offshore wind power project can be cancelled if it is found to be “causing environmental damage to both flora and fauna beneath the sea and posing threat to human life and property while carrying out the activities under water and operation of the wind energy turbines during validity of the lease.”

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