Wind Power News: India
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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 . . .
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, . . .
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 . . .
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 . . .
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 . . .
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 . . .
Two Indian states at the forefront of adding renewables to their power mix are backtracking on agreements for at least one gigawatt of wind projects and are seeking lower prices, potentially dealing a blow to Prime Minister Narendra Modi’s green energy goals. The southern states of Andhra Pradesh and Karnataka, which account for a quarter of the country’s installed wind capacity, are renegotiating or scrapping purchase agreements with developers and want power at prices lower than what had been stipulated . . .
Jaipur: The first windmills of Jaisalmer came up in 2001. Since then, the desert has become among the largest windfarms in the world. The spread of this “sustainable” energy source, however, has not come without a cost. Local people who have lived off tourism are finding it harder to attract foreign visitors. Villagers in Kanoi, near the Desert National Park, complain of the unceasing noise from the windmills. An inspection by a small team that included Devendra Singh Bikundiya of . . .
JAIPUR: In a Facebook post, scientist Sutirtha Dutta of the Wildlife Institute of India, Dehradun, expressed regret that a juvenile Great Indian Bustard had died in Gujarat after hitting a transmission line of a windfarm. “Within months of tagging, two Great Indian Bustard in Kachchh, (Gujarat) a tagged juvenile female died after hitting a 33 kV transmission line connected to Suzlon Wind Turbines near Lala Bustard Sanctuary. Boy, did she move miles across a landscape intersected with hostile infrastructure. Shockingly, . . .
Claiming that windmills being set up by a private company near the Gir sanctuary will be detrimental for the lions, a public interest litigation was filed in the high court. After primary hearing on Friday, a bench of Chief Justice R Subhash Reddy and Justice VM Pancholi issued notices to the State government, principal chief conservator of forest and the company that is planning to set up the project. “We have filed petition challenging construction of large sized wind mills . . .