Normal windy months in the State were from May to October.

The city witnessed two hour load shedding on Tuesday as wind energy generation dropped.

Officials of the Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation told The Hindu here on Tuesday that two hour load shedding was implemented in rotation across the city from 7:40am. Usually, hydro generation picked up in the evening hours and wind energy generation was also better in the afternoon.

The normal windy months in the State were from May to October.

The wind season started early this year — by mid-April — and lasted till the end of November. And, wind energy generation was unpredictable now. Though it was festival season, demand for power had not increased much in the city. It was nearly six million units a day on weekdays and remains almost the same now.

However, since there were no rains for the last one week, the agricultural demand could have increased slightly, the officials added.

According to data available on the website of the Tamil Nadu Transmission Corporation, the State witnessed 956 MW load shedding on Tuesday morning. Wind energy generation on Tuesday morning was just 49 MW as against 500 MW on Monday morning and 991 MW last Tuesday.

Unscheduled load shedding now would not affect the industries here much as workers have started going home for Deepavali. R. Ramachandran, president of Coimbatore District Small Industries’ Association, said that industries would resume full-scale operation only after a couple of weeks as workers from other States and districts would return to work only after a week or so.

The Government was already buying power and it should increase the purchase to meet the demand. The industries would be able to manage two to three hours of scheduled load shedding a day.

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