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Tamil Nadu’s wind power model is worth emulating: Tangedco chief | Chennai News

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CHENNAI: When offshore windmills start producing power, Tamil Nadu will get round-the-clock wind power for six to seven months as against three to four months at present, said Tangedco chairman and managing director Rajesh Lakhoni on Wednesday.
Lakhoni was speaking at the inauguration of the fifth edition of Windergy 2023, an international trade fair and conference of windmill manufacturers.
He said though Tamil Nadu has slipped slightly below Gujarat in terms of highest installed capacity of wind power, the state still tops the chart output-wise. Tamil Nadu is the only state in the country where round the clock generation is possible, he said.
He also said that the wind power model in the state is worth being emulated by others as 8,000 MW of the installed capacity in the state belongs to small players who installed them for captive use while wind farms of about 2,000MW sell power to Tangedco.
It is for the same reason that the repowering policy (replacement of old wind energy generators with more efficient and bigger mills) would not work for captive users as they would lose their stake in the sector, the state-owned discom’s chief said.
“We are working on modified banking methods for captive plants, and I invite comments or suggestions from manufacturers to consider for the repowering policy,” said the official and added that it would be unveiled soon.
Lakhoni appealed to the manufacturers to find a way for accurate and location-based forecast of wind patterns as the present forecasting system is not so precise.
Tamil Nadu Industrial Investment Corporation (TIIC) chairman and managing director Hans Raj Verma said wind energy has a big role to play in the manufacturing sector as it has to become increasingly greener.
“Tamil Nadu has key differentiators compared to other states to woo investors as it is best positioned to supply round-the-clock wind power,” he said.
Dinesh Jagdale, joint secretary of Union ministry of new and renewable energy, said manufacturers in the wind energy sector should make sure that the products are of robust standard.
The three-day Windergy India 2023 trade fair and conference is held at Chennai Trade Centre, Nandambakkam, where more than 200 windmill and allied products manufacturers from across the country and Denmark have displayed their products.

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