Dear Sirs, I have gone through the article on wind power generation in Tamilnadu. It has clearly bought out the problems being faced by the investors due toMessage 1 of 2 , Feb 25View SourceDear Sirs,I have gone through the article on wind power generation in Tamilnadu. It has clearly bought out the problems being faced by the investors due to unduly long delay in payments by the TNEB. But if I know even the least about TNEB and its likes in other States, I can say with confidence that the writings will fall on deaf ears. All State Governments and their entities work only for the Vote Banks and wind power investors numbering a few hundred or a few thousand only have no say in the scheme of things and way of working of the State Governments and their entities. I have one suggestion, When you are not getting the payments, stop generating in peak demand hours and selectively on chosen days and time. I am suggesting a sort of strike/go-slow tactic to the wind power generating entties. and create a crisis, then perhaps you may be heard.CPSFrom: Thiagarajan <thiagarajan.arunachalam@...>
Sent: Friday, January 4, 2013 3:08 PM
Subject: [karmayog-hyd] Wind loses powerTamil Nadu has 40 per cent of the wind energy capacity installed in India, yet the state is reeling from power crisis
The breeze seems to have reversed in the country's wind energy capital. Wind energy majors, which were investing full throttle in Tamil Nadu, are moving to Karnataka, Andhra Pradesh and Maharashtra. This at a time when Tamil Nadu reels from a huge power deficit of 4,000 MW. At least 12-hour daily power cut is routine.
The state has some of the best windy sites in India and its installed wind energy capacity is 7,134 MW. This is about 40 per cent of the country's 18,000 MW installed capacity. Tamil Nadu has a target capacity addition of 5,000 MW during the 12th Five Year Plan. But this seems unlikely to be met.
Renewable energy developers are upset with the Tamil Nadu Electricity Board (TNEB) over delayed payments for the power it buys from them. They are also annoyed because the infrastructure for transmission of wind energy is inadequate. Their frustration escalated after the Central government recently withdrew the fiscal incentive of 80 per cent Accelerated Depreciation in the first year. This allowed developers to defer income tax payments.
"Why should developers continue investing in the state when there is nothing to pull them back?" asks K Kasturiranagan, chairperson of the Indian Wind Power Association, a national organisation of wind developers.
The result: a sharp dip in the power generation capacity addition in the state. Till the first half of 2012-13, only 162.95 MW was added compared to last fiscal's 644.21 MW capacity addition, figures of the Indian Wind Turbine Manufacturers' Association (IWTMA) show. Earlier, Tamil Nadu attracted investment of Rs 7,000 crore in wind energy every year. But the current fiscal is likely to close with an investment of merely Rs 1,300 crore, a drop of around 81 per cent, says IWTMA.
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