According to reports, the weathermen have confirmed there will more wind to turn the turbines by the month end. That will increase power generation by 1,500 MW. “That’s when we can confidently reduce scheduled power cuts,” said a Tamil Nadu Electricity Board (TNEB) official.
The brief spells of rains for the past two days in the state brought a relief of 500 MW for TNEB. Due to this, the electricity board was able to relax load shedding for a day. In monetary terms this translates to saving around Rs five crore spent on power purchase.
But the rains also made fluctuations in wind generation. “Some days we used to get 200 MW and on some, nil,” said the official. But the metereological department has given an oral confirmation to the TNEB that wind power will pick up by this month end. “Usually, the wind season starts in the first week of May, but this time it is a bit early,” said the official.
It is exactly for this kind of reasons that Panchabuta has earlier said, there is an imperative need to develop a smarter grid in India and the most important factor for that would be the need for forecasting of wind and solar power. There is a lot of work happening in that area given the new wind farm developers being IPPs and incentives being generation based.
This is an area with a huge potential in India and an opportunity for companies working on energy forecasting, smart grid scheduling and related areas.