The Indian Wind Turbine Manufacturers Association expects a dip in wind power installation in India in 2012-13 due to the effect of the withdrawal of the accelerated depreciation benefit. At a meeting organised by the Global Wind Energy Council in Copenhagen, IWTMA’s Secretary, Mr V. Giri, said that he estimated that wind power capacity addition would fall to 2,600 MW in the year, compared with 3,100 MW in 2011-12.
Mr Giri told a gathering of journalists at EWEA 2012, an annual event of the European Wind Energy Associaton (EWEA), in Copenhagen that the IWTMA had represented to the Government of India to restore AD benefits and was “confident” that the Government would pay heed to its request.
He explained that the evacuation infrastructure-related problems in adding capacity in the windy state of Tamil Nadu and suggested that the Government could draw funds from the National Clean Energy Fund to finance the construction of power lines.
Later, talking to Business Line, Mr Giri said that it was true that “some independent power producers” had formed an association. In this context, he mooted the idea of creating a ‘Federation of Indian Wind Power Associations’, so that the industry speaks in one voice to the Government.