Encourage wind farms: chamber

Staff Reporter

MADURAI: The Tamil Nadu Chamber of Commerce and Industry has urged the State Government to accord priority for maximising wind power generation by offering concessions and a congenial ambience.

“Unlike conventional power plants that require large gestation period, wind turbines can generate power in six months,” Chamber senior president S. Rethinavelu said in a statement. New charges levied on wind farms and low prices offered for power produced by wind farms were having an adverse impact. These measures would drive away prospective entrepreneurs.

While Karnataka paid Rs. 3.40 per unit for power produced by wind farms, Andhra Pradesh Rs. 3.50 and West Bengal Rs. 4, Tamil Nadu Electricity Board was paying Rs. 2.90 per unit. This did not augur well, especially when the State was facing a power shortage, he said.

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