According to reports, continous rain in the hill areas of Coimbatore and the Nilgiris along with the heavy wind flow have brought the much awaited relief to the power-starved western Tamil Nadu, especially for Coimbatore. With the increased power generation, Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation Limited (TANGEDCO) has completely withdrawn power cut for domestic and low tension users.
“Coimbatore region is free from power cut now for domestic users and low tension (LT) users. We are implementing 40% power cut for high tension (HT) users. The HT users are advised to use 10% power during peak hours from 6 pm to 10 pm in the region. During the peak hours, they can use lights for security purpose,” said Thangavelu, chief engineer, TANGEDCO.
He also added that since the weather has become relatively cool, domestic consumption has also been decreased. The wind energy has been increasing day-by-day and it would help to maintain the region free from power cut, he said.
“Water level has been increasing in dams in the Nilgiris and Pillur in Coimbatore and the hydro power generation has also increased,” said Thangavelu.
The production of wind energy has increased in the region and it would also help the region free from power shortage. “The wind mills are generating 2,000 MW everyday in the state. It is expected to reach 3,500 MW per day in future and it will be available till September,” said K Kasthoorirangaian, chairman, Indian Wind Power Association (IWPA). He also added that the state has the wind energy production capacity of 7,165 MW a day.
The Coimbatore region covers three districts including Coimbatore, Tirupur and the Nilgiris. The total power requirement of the circle is 1,500 to 1,700 MW. Over 900 to 1,000 MW has been generated by Hydro and Thermal power plant units. The remaining share has been contributed by wind energy, said sources from TANGEDCO.
“Now the micro industries are getting enough power supply. But the industries have already lost job orders from big industries due to severe power shortage. The power cut has affected the micro industries for the last four years and the big industries gave job orders to Gujarat and Maharashtra. These states have no power cuts. Labour and material cost are also cheaper than Coimbatore,” said J James, district president, Tamil Nadu Association of Cottage and Micro Enterprises (TACT).