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Wind power generation in Tamil Nadu touches 3,000 MW

According to reports, with wind power generation on the upswing, 30 percent of the Tamil Nadu’s requirement of 10,000 MW is being met, leading to uninterrupted power supply across the State for the last one week, K Kasturirangan, Chairman, Indian Wind Power Association has said.

Since April 28, power generation gradually increased from 1,000 MW to reach a peak of 3,000 MW on Saturday in the major wind energy generating areas of the State, including Coimbatore region, he said.    So far there have been no complaints about load shedding or power-cuts, he said.

The grid received 1,100 MW on Monday last, 1,300 MW on Tuesday, 1,500 MW on Wednesday, 2,000 MW on Thursday and 2,500 MW on Friday. Though official figures are yet to be available, 3,000 MW was generated and used yesterday, which was the maximum during last year, Kasturirangan said.

With wind expected to continue and reach peak till the middle of October, a maximum of 3,500 MW per day could be expected in the coming days, he said, adding, Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation (TANGEDCO) should use the entire power from windmills, otherwise it would be a waste.    TANGEDCO can also consider reducing the 40 percent power cuts to 20 percent for HT consumers, so that the entire wind power could be properly utilised, he suggested.

Various Small Industries Associations expressed happiness over uninterrupted power supply, leading to industries operating at full capacity.

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