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Evacuation troubles may spell a blow to wind energy production in Tamil Nadu

According to reports, the wind energy sector in the State fears that it will be affected by evacuation problems in the wind season this year (May to September, 2013), according to D.V. Giri, Secretary General of the Indian Wind Turbine Manufacturers’ Association.

The State had the highest installed wind energy capacity in the country. However, installations and investments had dropped during the last one year because the Union Government had withdrawn the Accelerated Depreciation and Generation Based Incentive schemes and renewable energy certificates were remaining unsold. Apart from these, in Tamil Nadu, the wind mills faced evacuation problems.

Mr. Giri told The Hindu here on Thursday that, between April and December 2012, just about 200 MW was added. Evacuation issues should be addressed on a war-footing.

In Tirunelveli and nearby areas, windmills of nearly 500 MW capacity would be forced to shut down during the wind season if the evacuation infrastructure was not strengthened before May.

If the Kudankulam plant was commissioned by then, another 200 MW of wind energy was likely to be affected, he said.

Indian Wind Power Association president K. Kasthoorirangaian said that substations and transmission lines should be added in Tirunelveli and Theni areas to address the evacuation constraints faced by the mills.

The wind mills in Tirunelveli area were affected during the last wind season too because of evacuation problems.

Usually, nearly 800 MW of wind energy capacity would be added between April and December in the State. However, this year, it was just 200 MW. Several investors had moved out to other States. Another problem they faced in the State was the dues for nearly 15 months for the wind energy supplied to the grid, he said.

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