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Updated: June 7, 2013 13:47 IST

Wind power to Chennai's rescue

Vivek Narayanan
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Temporary suspension of load-shedding during ‘dog days' has city smiling

On Sunday afternoon, at 3.30 p.m., S. Naresh of Royapettah switched on the television to watch his favourite film. Even though he enjoyed the movie, he kept an eye on the time, anticipating the regular load-shedding of power from 4 p.m. to 6 p.m. Surprisingly though, there was no power cut — thanks to the nearly 2,500 Mega Watts (MW) of wind power generated in the State.

This timely measure brought not just relief to Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation (TANGEDCO), but also a smile to the faces of all Chennai residents. “The ‘dog days' have started and the heat is unbearable. Luckily, there is no load-shedding, so it is possible to catch an afternoon nap with the air-conditioner on,” said K. Smitha, a house wife residing in Mylapore.

The wind power generation capacity in the state is nearly 7,000 MW. “On an average we get nearly 2,500 MW and sometimes it even touches 3,000 MW. The main wind season is between May and October, so we hope the generation will be good,” said a senior TANGEDCO official.

Even officials are surprised as the wind season has started somewhat early. “Usually the generation picks up only around mid-May, but this time, it started at the beginning of the month. At present, the demand is 10,000 MW and supply is also 10,000 MW. So we are able to temporarily suspend load-shedding,” said the official.

However, officials are reluctant to formally announce the lifting of load-shedding. “Wind is a non-reliable source of electricity. Sometimes it drops to zero and then we will have to re-impose scheduled power cuts. TANGEDCO does not want to take that risk,” said the official.

Apart from the significant amount of wind energy generated, the 40 per cent power restriction for industries has also helped TANGEDCO save nearly 1,000 MW. “This is also one of the reasons the demand has dropped. So we are able to provide uninterrupted power supply to residents,” said the official.

However N. Arundhati, a resident of New Avadi Road, Kilpauk, which has load-shedding from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m., said on Saturday, there was a power cut. “On Sunday there was no load-shedding. In Adyar though, there was a one-hour power cut. So it is very erratic,” she said.

TANGEDCO officials said that this could have been because of a technical snag. “It can also be due to increased consumption in these localities,” added the official.

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We should also try looking at solar power. There are vast expanses of
factory roof and water reservoirs on top of which solar panels can be
mounted and the govt can provide electricity to a small area. Small
steps cover miles...

from:  Archana Joyce
Posted on: May 8, 2012 at 11:56 IST

In what way is the rest of the state inferior to Chennai? Why is this
partiality - load shedding lifted in Chennai, but the rest of the state
still suffering under it. The present ruling party gave a huge cry over
the 2 hours of load shedding implemented by the previous government, and
gave a election manifesto of uninterrupted power supply, but the reality
is 12 hours of load shedding.

from:  Sharon
Posted on: May 8, 2012 at 04:24 IST

Wind power even during the May to October months cannot be treated as a substitute for regular power from power plants. The government should instead focus on solar power which is omnipresent in tropical regions of india, especially the south. We should look at the way solar power is harnessed very effectively in gujarat and try to have solar power projects in our state also.

from:  Hari Varadharajan
Posted on: May 7, 2012 at 18:09 IST

High time for the country to invest and go for smart meters and smart grid. The technology will provide consumer with energy consumption data, prepayment, remote disconnection, instant detection of power thefts etc are some of great options. Smart grids will also provide load managers to turn off individual defaulting consumer or consumer groups. The smart metering system comes with a load limiter. This mechanism sends a command to every energy user to reduce electricity usage when the demand for energy gets out of control.

from:  N.G. Krishnan
Posted on: May 7, 2012 at 09:48 IST

Good to hear this.......Something is better than nothing. But soon we should expect something to happen for districts too

from:  Vijay
Posted on: May 7, 2012 at 08:51 IST

Stand firm and get all the 1000mw generated from Kudankulam

from:  Jay
Posted on: May 7, 2012 at 04:36 IST
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