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Sharp fall in wind power generation in Karnataka, says Minister

Wind power generation has come down drastically in Karnataka, said State Energy Minister Shobha Karandlaje.

Speaking to presspersons on the sidelines of a function in Mangalore on Wednesday, she said that normally wind power generation will be at its peak from September to December.

The State, which has a capacity of around 2,500 MW of wind power generation, was getting around 1,300-1,400 MW a day till a few days ago.

Stating that it has come down drastically in the past 10 days, she said it has touched the level of 100-200 MW a day because of low wind velocity, she said.

“Last year we depended on wind power till December to tackle the power needs in the State,” Karandlaje said.

HYDEL generation

The Minister said a significant portion of Karnataka’s power needs is dependent on hydel power generation sources. The water storage in the Linganmakki dam is around 80 per cent now. It was around 96 per cent during the same period last year, she said.

The storage is around 56 per cent and 60 per cent in Mani and Supa dams, respectively, the Minister said.

To a query on the ways to tackle power situation in the State, Karandlaje said the Udupi Power Corporation Ltd’s second unit has been commissioned. This unit adds around 600 MW of power.

The second unit of thermal power station in Bellary will be commissioned by the end of this month. This unit will provide another 500 MW of power. The government is also hopeful of getting around 400 MW of power from other small units in the State.

Though the State wanted to purchase around 750 MW of power from other States, there is no corridor for that. “But we may get around 250 MW of power from Gujarat after January,” she said.

Asked if the State would resort to power cut, the Minister said no decision has been taken on that matter as of now.