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Wind energy body seeks Andhra Pradesh’s help for more projects

According to reports, the Indian Wind Power Association, a representative body of investors in wind turbine generators, has sought the Andhra Pradesh Government’s support to take up more projects in the State.

The association has assured that the State would be able to add 150 MW of wind energy capacity by March-end and possibly another 1,000 MW within six months if all clearances were accorded.

During their interaction with the State Chief Minister, Mr N. Kiran Kumar Reddy, they discussed issues relating to evacuation lines for wind power farms, increase in tariff from the present Rs 3.50 per unit to rates as approved by the Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC), and land for taking up new projects in the State.

The association, based in Chennai, has over 1,223 members having an installed capacity of 4,633 MW of wind energy generators. Representatives of various wind turbine manufacturers and developers (Independent Power Producers) submitted a representation regarding several issues which are hindering execution of wind power projects in the State.

Although the estimated wind power potential in the State is about 8,200 MW, only 210 MW of wind power projects have been commissioned till date. The IWPA’s national council member, Mr S. Sri Murali requested the Chief Minister to resolve issues of evacuation, tariff and land allotment.

The Chief Minister assured them that a meeting would be arranged with officials of energy, transco, discoms and revenue departments to resolve all pending issues.

IWPA members assured that 150 MW of wind power projects would be commissioned by March 2012 by various developers, including Enercon and Suzlon. They assured that about 1,000 MW could be commissioned in the next six months if all permissions were accorded.

Mr Ajay Mehra, Director of Enercon (India) Ltd; Mr Nilesh Dhanani, Director of Suzlon Energy Ltd; Mr Harichandra Prasad, Chairman of Malaxmi group, and others from various wind turbine manufacturing companies met the CM.

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