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State of Victoria first sub-national member of GWEC

4C Offshore | Chris Anderson
By: Chris Anderson 29/08/2023 GWEC
The Global Offshore Wind Alliance (GOWA) has welcomed the State of Victoria as its first first sub-national member. According to GOWA this is a key moment for offshore development in the region, as Australia rapidly accelerates its plans for renewable energy deployment. Collaboration is fundamental to delivering on offshore wind potential, and the Alliance hopes this membership will be the first of many sub-national stakeholders who will play a critical role in the energy transition.

Australia represents the second-biggest offshore wind pipeline in the Asia-Pacific region, behind only China, with 50 GW planned. The State of Victoria has been clear with its ambitions targets of at least 2 GW by 2032, a total of 4 GW by 2035, and reaching 9 GW of offshore capacity by 2040 – and the support and resources from other markets and key industry groups that GOWA can provide will be crucial to these goals being met.

“This momentous announcement demonstrates that Australia's ambition to become an offshore wind powerhouse runs from the federal government through to state governments and beyond. Ambition must be allied to action, and the collaborative approach shown by Australia’s government in supporting this application can be a model for action elsewhere. Ben Backwell, CEO, GWEC

The Global Offshore Wind Alliance (GOWA) was founded by Denmark, IRENA, and GWEC with the ambition to create a global driving force for the uptake of offshore wind through political mobilisation and the creation of a global community of practice. The aim of GOWA is to contribute to achieving a total global offshore wind capacity of at least 380 GW by 2030, with 35 GW on average each year across the 2020s and a minimum of 70 GW each year from 2030.

GOWA’s vision is a world in which offshore wind makes a significant contribution to the energy transition and the achievement of the sustainable development goals through large-scale renewable power generation, benefiting regions, countries and critical sectors such as industry and transportation.

Lily D’Ambrosio, Victorian Minister for Energy and Resources said: “Victoria’s application to join the Global Offshore Wind Alliance as the first sub-national member is testament to our world leading offshore wind targets and unmatched natural wind resources.”

“We look forward to working with our partner countries and organisations to support the acceleration and delivery of offshore wind energy in the APAC region and across the globe.”

Pernille Dahler Kardel, Danish Ambassador to Australia, said, “We are happy to welcome the state of Victoria onboard as the first subnational government to join GOWA.  This truly strengthens the multi-stakeholder nature of the alliance, which brings together a wide range of stakeholders in order to accelerate offshore wind deployment globally through political mobilisation and the creation of a global community of practice. I look forward to further deepening our collaboration with the state of Victoria on offshore wind.”

Ben Backwell, CEO, Global Wind Energy Council said: “This momentous announcement demonstrates that Australia’s ambition to become an offshore wind powerhouse runs from the federal government through to state governments and beyond. Ambition must be allied to action, and the collaborative approach shown by Australia’s government in supporting this application can be a model for action elsewhere.

“One of the pillars of the Global Offshore Wind Alliance is to accelerate the deployment of offshore wind, and the enthusiasm shown by the Victorian Government, particularly Minister for Energy and Resources Lily D’Ambrosio, in hosting the first APAC Summit in Melbourne will highlight how collaboration, knowledge-sharing and public-private interaction are key to delivering on the APAC region’s enormous potential.

Amisha Patel, Director, Global Public Affairs, Offshore Wind, Global Wind Energy Council, said: “The Global Offshore Wind Alliance is delighted to welcome its first sub-national member into this community of offshore wind best-practice.

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