With a “phase of transition” in wind pattern under way, the State is experiencing a sudden rise in wind energy generation. Since Monday evening, wind power production went up substantially. At 5 p.m. on Thursday, it was about 1,500 MW. On the evening of the previous three days, it was as high as 2,000 MW.
As a result, for most of the time in the evening or in the night, in the last four days, the authorities did not resort to load shedding in most parts of the State.
Y.E.A. Raj, Deputy Director General of Meteorology said the jump in wind energy can be attributed to the fact that the State is experiencing south-westerly winds and this feature is likely to continue till the end of this week.
As a result, the onset of sea breeze gets delayed, eventually leading to a a sharp rise in the maximum temperature.
As for the one unit at Kalpakkam atomic power plant running into problem, a senior official of the Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation (Tangedco) said as the loss of power is about 100 MW from the unit, there was nothing much to be concerned, .
On Monday evening, the State met instantaneous peak demand of 11,240 MW.
The official added that the State is getting around 400 MW from an additional unit at the Mettur TPS, 350 MW from one unit at the Vallur TPS and 250 MW from the North Chennai TPS’ additional unit.