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Wind mills in Tamil Nadu plagued by frequent shutdowns

The Hindu, 5 August, 2019, 12:00 am

Grid availability affecting energy generation, says Association

Wind mills in Tamil Nadu were hit by a shutdown lasting hours on several days during the current wind season, according to energy generators.

With an installation of nearly 9,300 MW in Coimbatore, Tiruppur, Tirunelveli, Thoothukudi, and Kanyakumari districts, Tamil Nadu has the highest installed wind energy capacity in the country. “On an average, wind mills are stopped for four hours a day on working days and for almost eight hours on holidays,” claims K. Kasthurirangaian, Indian Wind Power Association president.

According to data shared by Tamil Nadu Electricity Consumers’ Association (TECA), 54.55 million units of wind energy was consumed on August 3. Winds are better this year compared to last year. So, if there is no evacuation problem, generation can be high, say sources.