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Winds blow in Tamil Nadu’s favour

According to reports, heavy winds in southern Tamil Nadu, particularly in Kanyakumari district, have brought some relief to power managers and consumers with energy generation from windmi­lls going up by eight times in the last one week alone.

Power generation from windmills has gone up from the five million units on December 13 to around 35 MU on Tuesday. For consumers, the increase in wind energy could mean reduction in power cuts by two to four hours a day. With the state facing a deficit of 4,000 MW, the districts are witnessing power cuts ranging from eight hours to 12 hours a day while the Chennai is facing two hours of load-shedding.

Heavy winds have been blowing across Kanya­kumari and Tirunelveli districts due to low pressure formed over the Bay of Bengal. “Due to strong winds, the wind energy generation has gone up considerably and in turn helping bring down load shedding duration by a couple of hours,” a senior Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corpora­tion (Tangedco) official said, adding that heavy winds during this month was very unusual.

According to the grid details published on the Tamil Nadu Transmission Corporation (Tantransco) website, wind energy generation on December 18 was 34.90 MU and it was 4.92 MU on December 13. However, the power generation fell to 21.62 on Wednesday.

The official said nearly 95 per cent of the power generation from the wind mills were from those installed in the Kanya­kumari, Tirunelveli and Tuticorin belt. “As long as the wind power generation is good,  power cut will be imposed for a shorter duration,” the official added.

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