Tamil Nadu is in the frontline of producing renewable energy, and this trend must continue for serving clean energy to people, Union Minister of New and Renewable Energy, Farooq Abdullah, said on Wednesday.

Tamil Nadu would be in a position to supply energy to neighbouring States and 1300 mega watt of renewable energy could be generated by 2013.

The production of wind energy is growing much faster, he said after inaugurating a 2 MW variable speed wind turbine installed at the Wind Turbine Research Station, Kayathar (Tuticorin district), the first of its kind in the country.

New dimension

He said: “Geothermal energy from earth has shown a new dimension. Ladakh in Jammu and Kashmir, Chhattisgarh and Gujarat are according priority to tapping geothermal sources. Energy from geothermal power is being provided to villagers in Bihar to enhance the scope of rural development.

“If India needs to grow, it needs energy, by and large. India has entered into an agreement with Iceland for producing geothermal power.”

Energy resources could also be tapped from sea. Energy was available free by all means of natural resources from wind, sunlight and water.

Fossil fuels were responsible for global warming and efforts should be made to minimise their use.

Since water resources were getting depleted, a lot of awareness had to be created among the public through media to adopt conservation measures. Unlike the United States of America, India was willing to share its technology with neighbouring countries on power generation. Arcot N. Veeraswami, State Minister for Electricity; S.R. Jeyadurai, MP; Collector C.N. Maheswaran and others spoke.