Wind Power News: India
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Two of India’s high wind energy potential states have refused to buy wind power at a rate higher than the one arrived at the country’s first ever wind power auction, putting in jeopardy about 500 MW of projects in these states. The auction, completed in February, had brought wind power tariff down steeply to Rs 3.46 per kwH. But before the auction, power regulators in Andhra Pradesh and Gujarat had set the tariff for 2016-17 at Rs 4.84 per kwH . . .
AHMEDABAD: The Gujarat high court on Wednesday sought reply from the state government in response to a PIL objecting to establishment of a windmill farm in the vicinity of reserved forest in Brihad Gir area in Amreli district. Wildlife activist Biren Padhya has filed the PIL seeking HC intervention in the issue. He submitted that the forest department and residents of Bhekhra and Senjal village near Savarkundala have time and again informed Amreli district collector as well as the company . . .
‘Turbines in Koppal, Chitradurga and Bagalkot have played havoc on habitats’ Spinning turbines atop rocky hills in Karnataka, which have become symbols of the State’s pitch for “greener sources” of electricity, may have come at a price to forests and its denizens. A little over 6,870 acres of forest land has made way for wind farms and associated infrastructure, including transmission lines and roads in Karnataka, shows Forest Clearance data obtained from the Ministry of Environment and Forests (MoeF). The . . .
With forest fires keeping officials on their toes, a wary eye has been kept on transmission lines that criss-cross Kappatagudda hills. Forest officials allege that one of the four cases of forest fire recorded in the past week is linked to sparks emitting from a transmission line in the the area. They have filed a case under Section 24 C(I) of the Karnataka Forest Act against a major wind power generating firms, while instructing firms to take safety precautions. There . . .
What they feared, has happened. For long, the wind turbine manufacturers have been resisting any move for auctioning wind power capacity on the basis of competitive tariff bids, fearing an intense auction room battle would hammer down the prices. For the machine manufacturers like Suzlon, Gamesa and Inox, the customers are the wind energy companies—the ‘independent power producers’ (IPPs). If the IPPs get low prices for their electricity, pressure would be on the manufacturers to drop prices. On Thursday, in . . .
A farmer was shot dead and three others were injured as they clashed with a group of persons hired by a private company for installation of windmills in Sadala village of Muli taluka in Surendranagar on Monday. Police said that about five odd farmers of Sadala village objected to digging and blasting done by a private firm for preparing the base of wind turbines in the village. The farmers complained that the rock blasting and digging activity was damaging the . . .
JAISALMER: A vast majority the 909 wind power projects commissioned in the state listed on the website of the Rajasthan Renewable Energy Corporation Limited are in Jaisalmer district, which is now home to one of the largest wind farms in the world. By March 2015, over 3,000 MW of power were generated from the state’s windmills. In the 15 years since the first windmills were erected, however, there has been no study of the environmental or social impact of the . . .
India’s patchy and incomplete road network is proving a challenge for the nation’s developers of wind farms, threatening Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s targets for green energy. Even under the best conditions, moving the enormous towers and blades found in wind farms requires intricate planning and expense. Individual blades on even modest turbines can exceed more than 100 feet each, while transporting the equipment and cranes needed for assembly can sometimes mean roads must be widened or straightened. The literal roadblock . . .
With an aim to the protect the state bird, the Great Indian Bustard, locally known as ‘Godawan’, the Rajasthan government has now decided not to set up any windmills for wind power projects in the areas where these birds are found, an official said on Monday. A majority of wind power projects in Rajasthan have come up in and around desert town of Jaisalmer which is also one of the main areas for these birds. “We have decided not to . . .
My hometown of Udumalpet is located in the state of Tamil Nadu, deep in the south of India. The town experiences pleasant tropical weather throughout the year. Because of this it is famously called “poor man’s Ooty.” (Ooty is a hill station in Southern India known for its cool climatic conditions). The town is located in Palghat Pass and experiences an annual average wind speed of 18–22 kmph (11–13.6 mph). This provides opportunity for power generation using windmills. In 2005, . . .