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Wednesday, 27 September 2017 16:59

Wind power generation and evacuation touches new high

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27/09/2017

Wind power generation and evacuation touched a new high in the country during July this year with 9,854.34 million units of wind power being used by states. Total wind power generation between April and August this year was 33,168.48 million units and compared to previous financial year for the same period, wind power generation and evacuation increased by 27.54% (26,006.3 million units). Due to this, thermal power companies were hit as states shifted to wind power.

Experts and credit rating agencies attribute the high wind generating performance to better transmission lines and sub-stations. High wind power generating states are led by Tamil Nadu, followed by Maharashtra, Gujarat, Karnataka and Rajasthan.

“Power generation from renewable sources continued to improve significantly to 10.2 billion units in 2017 from 8.1 billion units in 2016. The trend is expected to continue on account of higher capacity as compared to last year,” said India Ratings in its analysis on power situation in the country.

Despite increase in the wind power generation, the overall share of wind as a percentage of renewable power generation between April and August 2017 has dropped by 1% compared to the corresponding period last year. While the total wind power generation was 72% in 2016, in the current year, it is 71%. Solar power has increased from 15% to 18%. All other renewable sources have dropped by a percentage point or two.

India Ratings said “Due to better use of renewable power by states, coal production remained subdued as production by Coal India Limited (CIL) remained flat in 2017 compared to the previous year, at 37 million tonnes each. Coal production remained low in 2017 on a year-on-year basis”.

Transmission capacity, especially within states, increased because of which more renewable power was evacuated. “Transmission line capacity increased from 447km to 1,511 km between 2016 and 2017 and there is a targeted transmission line addition of around 23,000 km in 2017-18. State sector leads the transmission line addition,” the Central Electricity Authority (CEA) said in its report.

To give a fillip to renewable power in the country, the National Energy Policy (NEP) proposes gradual withdrawal of the provisions of ‘must-run’ status and other supports such as non-levy of inter-state transmission charges for nonrenewable energy. It is envisaged that as consumers become agnostic to the source of power, renewable energy will soon blend with conventional power and markets will determine dispatch rather than policy levers,” said the report.

Additional Info

  • News Section: Wind Energy News
  • Month: September
  • Year: 2017