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Monday, 12 February 2018 17:05

‘Wind power projects along Andhra Pradesh coast in second phase’

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12/02/2018

Union Minister of State for Power and New and Renewable Energy Raj Kumar Singh on Sunday announced that the 765 kV transmission line would be commissioned soon in Vijayawada.

Addressing newsmen here, Mr. Raj Kumar said that wind power projects would be launched along the Andhra Pradesh coast during the second phase as suggested by a survey that had mapped the potential zones across the country.

In the first phase, wind power generation projects had been launched along the Gujarat and Tamil Nadu coasts. “In 2015, there was no electricity in 18,450 villages across the country. Of them, 16,800 villages have been provided power till date. To achieve ‘power for all’ in Arunachal Pradesh, 1,000 villages will be provided electricity by March 2019,” said Mr. Raj Kumar.

Efforts were under way to ensure 24 X 7 power supply to every household by April 2019, the Union Minister said.

The proposal to introduce pre-paid recharge facility to gain access to electricity was under consideration, he said. “The pre-paid facility will soon be offered by phasing out the monthly billing system,” Mr. Raj Kumar added.

He said that “We have the capacity to generate excess power (including solar and wind). India is a major power exporter to Bangladesh and Nepal. Talks are under way to export power to Mayanmar and Sri Lanka”.

State BJP president and Visakhapatnam MP K. Haribabu were present.

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  • News Section: Wind Energy News
  • Month: February
  • Year: 2018

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