The Union Cabinet which is chaired by Prime Minister Narendra Modi gave it approval for cooperation between the high country of Denmark and a less energy efficient India. The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) and Denmark’s Ministry for Energy, Utilities and Climate have signed a pact to extend cooperation in renewable energy with a specific focus on offshore wind energy and a letter of intent to establish an Indo-Danish Centre of Excellence for renewable energy in India. This agreement was signed in March of this year.
“The areas of cooperation would include technical capacity building for management of offshore wind projects, measures to develop and sustain an efficient wind industry, onshore as well as offshore; measures to ensure high quality of wind turbines, components, and certification requirements; forecasting and scheduling of off-shore wind,” an official statement said.
The Centre of Excellence in Integrated Renewable Power would work on renewable energy resource assessment with a focus on the onshore and offshore wind; of wind, solar, hydro and storage technologies; integration of renewable energy and high level of wind energy, Testing and R&D; and skill development or capacity building.
The signing of this pact will in turn also help in the strengthening of bilateral cooperation between the two countries.
The real question is how both the countries shall benefit from such a one-sided treaty where Denmark is a superpower when it comes to Energy efficiency and India isn’t. Only time will tell!