Wind energy producers in the State have sought better evacuation so that wind mills operate to the full potential during these windy months.
K. Kasthurirangaian, chairman of Indian Wind Power Association, told The Hindu on Saturday that with nearly 250 MW added last financial year, the State has 7,850 MW of installed wind energy capacity now. “We have more capacity than what is required for the State.”
Of the 300 million units of power used in the State every day, 70 million to 98 million units are from wind energy as May to September is the peak windy season in Tamil Nadu.
However, wind mills remain shut for two or three hours now. “This is an opportunity for Tamil Nadu to sell the excess energy available to the neighbouring States and operate the wind mills to full potential,” he said.
Mr. Kasthurirangaian, who had a meeting with an official of the Power Trading Corporation recently, said the neighbouring States were in need of power and the Power Trading Corporation was willing to buy electricity from Tamil Nadu.
The Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation (Tangedco) should sell the excess power to the Power Trading Corporation and improve wind energy evacuation, he said.
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