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Tamil Nadu CM takes stock of power scene as wind energy dips

According to reports, as power generation in the state dipped precariously following a sudden decrease in wind energy, chief minister J Jayalalithaa hurriedly convened a meeting of top officials to take stock of the situation. The state has been experiencing scheduled and unannounced outages and poor quality power.

With wind power generation virtually coming to a halt on Thursday morning, the chief minister directed officials to take necessary steps to speed up work on three upcoming thermal power plants in the state. Against an installed wind power generation capacity of 7,094MW, the state realised just 293MW at 6am on Thursday. Though it crawled up to 1,000MW by noon, signs of an early retreat of the wind season loom large on the power-starved state.

Tamil Nadu has been heavily dependent on wind energy in recent weeks.

With the windmills coming to a virtual standstill, overall power generation (from all sources) in the state fell to 7,000MW, resulting in unscheduled load shedding in many rural areas. Generation from windmills had been averaging between 2,400MW and 3,300MW over the past one month.

During the meeting held at the state secretariat, Jayalalithaa reviewed the ongoing work at the 3 X 500MW Vallur thermal power project, 600MW Mettur thermal power project and the 2x600MW North Chennai thermal power project, all collaborative projects of the Tamil Nadu Electricity Board (TNEB) and the National Thermal Power Corporation (NTPC).

With the power scenario remaining grim, especially in the rural areas where outages extended to about 10 to 12 hours, the chief minister also discussed ways and means to resolve the situation.

he western region of the state was badly affected by the poor generation in the windmills and long hours of outages returned to torment Coimbatore, Salem and Erode. For the last two days, normal life was disrupted due to the scheduled and unannounced power outages extending to about ten hours every day. The situation was similar across the state, with the districts experiencing several hours of unscheduled power cuts. As per data on the Tamil Nadu Transmission Corporation website, load shedding in the state on Wednesday morning amounted to 3,182MW and wind energy generation was just about 900MW.

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