Untapped Potential of Wind Energy



Untapped Potential of Wind Energy


            There is untapped potential of power generation in the country through wind energy. There is wind power potential of 1,02,788 MW at 80 m height in the country, against which 22,167 MW has been installed so far. This was stated by Sh. Piyush Goyal, Minister of state for Power, Coal & New and Renewable Energy (Independent Charge) in a written reply to a question in the Rajya Sabha today.


At present, 22,167 MW wind power projects are installed in the country. These projects can generate around 38 billion unit of electricity every year at a plant load factor of 20%.

During the 11th Plan period, a target of 9,000 MW of wind power was kept against which an achievement of 10,259 MW was made.

State-wise break-up of wind power potential and installed capacity

Sl.No.
States
Potential at 80 m
(MW)
Achievement(MW)
(Up to October,2014)
Untapped Potential (MW)
1.
Andhra Pradesh
14497
894
13603
2.
Gujarat
35071
3551
31520
3.
Karnataka
13593
2545
11048
4.
Kerala
837
35
802
5.
Madhya Pradesh
2931
534
2397
6.
Maharashtra
5961
4224
1737
7.
Rajasthan
5050
2997
2053
8.
Tamil Nadu
14152
7383
6769
9.
Others
10696
4
10692


Total
102788
22167
80621


The Minister further stated that a target of 15,000 MW has been kept for the 12th Five Year Plan period.    The Government is promoting wind power projects through private sector investment by providing fiscal and promotional incentives such as Accelerated Depreciation benefit, concessional custom duty on certain components of wind electric generators, excise duty exemption to manufacturers. 10 years tax holiday on income generated from wind power projects is also available. A Generation Based Incentive (GBI) is available for the projects not availing Accelerated Depreciation benefit, under which Rs. 0.50/unit generated is provided with a ceiling of Rs. 1.00 crore per MW. Loans for installing wind power projects are available from Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency (IREDA) and other Financial Institutions. Technical support including wind resource assessment and identification of potential sites is provided by the National Institute of Wind Energy(NIWE, erstwhile C-WET), Chennai. This apart, preferential tariffs are being provided in potential states, the Minister added.
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