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Oct 10, 2009

Wind wnergy generation goes up 15 %


Wind energy generation during the wind season this year (May to October) in the State is almost 15 per cent more than last year, according to K. Kasthurirangaian, chairman of the Indian Wind Power Association.He told here on Wednesday that the installed capacity of wind mills in the State was 4,324 MW.

Nearly 400 MW of this was added before the current wind season. Major additional installations were in Theni and Coimbatore belts and the Pollachi-Palani region still had potential, he said.From October 1 to 5, 20 to 25 per cent of the energy consumed in the State was from wind energy.

Usually, the winds decreased in October. This year, the winds had not come down and were expected to be good at least till Deepavali. Further, there were no evacuation problems this year.Mr. Kasthurirangaian added that the Madras High Court recently permitted wind mill owners to consume, without any restriction, the energy produced by them.

Pattern of usage

The Tamil Nadu Energy Regulatory Commission was to determine the pattern of usage.Hence, some of the wind mill owners had started consuming the energy produced by their mills.Maharashtra, Karnataka, Gujarat and Rajasthan were the other major States with a large number of wind mills. The winds were good in Karnataka too this year, he said.

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