Offshore wind can help to replace almost 3GW of generation retiring earlier than expected at Australia's largest coal power station, said a pioneer of the industry Down Under as he urged New South Wales to follow Victoria’s lead and embrace the sector.

Andy Evans, CEO of Oceanex Energy, which hopes to build 4GW of floating wind across two projects off NSW, said the state urgently needs to plan options for future generation after Origin Energy said in February it wants to retire the 2.9GW