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These news and opinion items are gathered by National Wind Watch to help keep readers informed about developments related to industrial wind energy. They are the products of the organizations or individuals noted and do not necessarily reflect the opinions of National Wind Watch.

February 27, 2018 • India, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

Impacts of renewable energy projects

Globally, installed renewable power capacity has steadily increased from 820 GW in 2006 to 2,017 GW in 2016 at the rate of 8% annually, and is slated for further growth. Various countries are increasingly announcing national and sub-national policy instruments to expand the share of renewable power. India plans to triple (approximately) its current renewable installation from 59 GW to 175 GW by 2022. Renewables are poised as the energy choice of the future because they allow us to continue . . . Complete story »

February 6, 2018 • IndiaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind Turbines: Over 3,000 MW capacity rots for want of servicing

The decade-long fight between Enercon GmBH and its Indian arm, Wind World India, is proving to be a serious issue for the wind energy sector, as turbines with over 3,000 MW capacity have become near non-functional for want of servicing and lack of components, people close to the development told FE. According to people that FE spoke to “Old Enercon wind turbines of 800 kW capacity are lying useless in Karnataka, Maharashtra and Rajasthan. Since Enercon took Wind World India . . . Complete story »

January 21, 2018 • India, OpinionsPrint storyE-mail story

The Great Indian Bustard could have become India’s national bird but for that spelling!

The death blow to the critically endangered Great Indian Bustard (GIB) may come from unexpected quarters – renewable energy projects. As 2017 drew to a close, one GIB crashed against a power transmission line, one of the few remaining that criss-cross its last stronghold- the Thar desert in Rajasthan. Its burnt, ravaged carcass was found the next day, making it the ninth GIB to be killed by a transmission line, mainly of wind power, in the past decade. In July . . . Complete story »

November 19, 2017 • IndiaPrint storyE-mail story

Motorists shocked to find gaping hole in bridge at Vallanaadu

A huge hole that suddenly developed in the four-year-old bridge across the Tamirabharani at Vallanaadu on the Palayamkottai – Thoothukudi National Highway on Thursday night has shocked motorists as it is capable of triggering serious accidents. When the 48-km-long Palayamkottai – Thoothukudi stretch was upgraded into four-lane in 2013, a new bridge was constructed across the Tamirabharani near Vallanaadu as the existing bridge was narrow. After this stretch was opened, the bridge is being used by motorists. As a 2-feet-wide . . . Complete story »

October 11, 2017 • IndiaPrint storyE-mail story

Wind units fail to bail out power-starved Rajasthan

While Rajasthan is facing severe power shortfall, the wind power units, which have bailed out the state in such situations in the past, are of little help this time due to post-monsoon low wind season. “The wind speed falls after September, and so wind power cannot make up for loss in thermal power output,” Rajasthan Renewable Energy Corporation managing director BK Dosi told HT. Rajasthan has an installed wind energy capacity of 4,280 MW. The power generation at thermal power . . . Complete story »

September 20, 2017 • IndiaPrint storyE-mail story

Karnataka tariff change upsets investors

The Karnataka state electricity regulator has reduced the feed-in-tariff for wind from INR 4.50/kWh ($0.07kWh) to INR 3.73/kWh ($0.058/kWh), putting roughly 600MW of projects in jeopardy. The earlier tariff of INR 4.5/kWh was expected to be applicable until March 2018. The new regulatory order stipulates the new tariff will be applicable for all new projects with power purchase agreements (PPA) signed after 4 September and even for commissioned projects with PPAs not signed off by the regulator. Under normal process, . . . Complete story »

September 2, 2017 • IndiaPrint storyE-mail story

The bustard and the windmill

On the afternoon of July 17, a large buff-and-white ostrich-like bird crashed into a 33 KV transmission line connected to wind turbines in Naliya, on the edge of the Lala Bustard Sanctuary in Kutch, Gujarat. This was no ordinary birdkill. The young female bird’s death was nothing short of an ecological catastrophe: it meant one less individual of a critically endangered species – the Great Indian Bustard – of which an estimated 150 remain worldwide today. This particular bird was satellite-tagged. Information . . . Complete story »

August 31, 2017 • IndiaPrint storyE-mail story

Environmental impact assessment not needed for wind projects: panel

New Delhi: The government’s expert forest panel has given its approval to a 40 megawatt (MW) wind power project in Andhra Pradesh—on the basis of a single contested study on migratory birds—saying an environmental impact assessment (EIA) is unnecessary for wind power projects which produce renewable energy. Its recommendation comes despite the wildlife division of the Ministry of Environment, Forest and Climate Change (MoEFCC) advocating the need for an EIA. This is not the first time that environment ministry’s forest . . . Complete story »

August 31, 2017 • IndiaPrint storyE-mail story

Govt forest panel says environment impact assessment not needed for wind power projects

Based on a single contested study of migratory birds, the government’s Forest Advisory Committee (FAC) approved a 40 MW wind power project in Andhra Pradesh, despite the environment ministry batting for an environmental impact assessment (EIA). According to a news report by Mint, the FAC said that an EIA was unnecessary for wind power projects. Incidentally, this was not the first instance of the FAC approving a wind power project despite objections. In June, the FAC gave its nod to . . . Complete story »

July 31, 2017 • IndiaPrint storyE-mail story

Madhya Pradesh denies permission to windmill project to protect endangered bird

The state wildlife board has refused permission to the Kshema Power and Infrastructure Company, Dewas, for setting up a windmill project at Sailana tehsil of Ratlam districtas it is likely to disturb the habitat of the highly endangered Lesser Florican, also known as Kharmor locally, in the Sailana Wildlife Sanctuary. For the proposed plant, the company had sought nine hectares of land falling under P-172 of the Ratlam forest circle. However, since the project fell within the eco-sensitive zone (10 . . . Complete story »

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