Windmills Play a Big Role in Easing Power Situation in Tamil Nadu


The Hindu – TRANSCEND Media Service

Since May 25 [2012], windmills have contributed 31 to 34 per cent of the total power consumed in the State every day.

Tamil Nadu has nearly 7,000 MW of installed wind energy capacity and peak generation from these windmills has remained above 3,200 MW for the last 12 days.

According to data available on the website of the Tamil Nadu Transmission Corporation, on May 25, of the total 227.296 million units of energy consumed in the State, 75.002 million units were contributed by wind energy. On June 6, of the 231.425 million units of energy consumed, 75.497 million units were generated from wind energy.

According to K. Kasthoorirangaian, chairman of the Indian Wind Power Association, the windy season is expected to last till the first week of October and the peak wind season is July-August. Thus, generation of wind energy is expected to be higher in the coming days.

Evacuate efficiently

The wind power producing community has been seeks continued support in evacuating all wind energy produced during the season and also monthly payment of bills (by the Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation) for energy supplied by the windmills to the grid, he stated in a release. The State government should permit the windmills to export energy outside the State.

Restore incentive

The Union government should restore the Accelerated Depreciation and Generation-based incentive to encourage installation of windmills. According to data available on the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy website, just 36 MW was installed in the country in April. This is a sharp fall in the capacity installed during the same period in the previous years, he said.

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