Winds during the last three days have provided some relief to electricity consumers in the district as power cuts have reduced.

Chief Engineer of the Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation (Tangedco) here A. Thangavelu told The Hindu that load shedding has reduced by three to four hours a day across the district and was for five to six hours a day now. Wind energy generation has picked up during the last three days in the State and generation is fluctuating now. There are problems in a couple of thermal plants and when these are set right in two or three days, power cut duration is expected to reduce further, he added.

K. Kasthurirangaian, chairman of the Indian Wind Power Association, told The Hindu on Thursday that wind energy generation was picking up. Generation was high between 6 p.m. and 9 p.m. “Yesterday the generation was good even till early morning,” he said.

The State now had 7,165 MW of installed wind energy capacity. Just 165 MW was added last year as against nearly 1,000 MW the previous year. For the last one year, investors in the wind energy sector did not receive benefits from both, the accelerated depreciation scheme and the generation-based incentive. The Union Government had announced generation-based incentive for this year and this was expected to boost capacity addition in the State, he said.

According to data available on the Tantransco website, 2,342 MW of wind energy was generated in the State on Monday evening, 2,088 MW on Tuesday evening and 1,894 MW on Wednesday evening.