Separate power lines likely for transmission of wind power

R. Krishnamoorthy, a retired professor

R. Krishnamoorthy, a retired professor  

: The power authorities are actively contemplating the installation of a dedicated 400 KV power line exclusively for the transmission of electricity generated from wind mills, said A. Nachadalingam, Chief Engineer (Distribution) of Madurai Region, Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation (TANGEDCO).

Such a power line was likely to be constructed by Tamil Nadu Transmission Corporation (TANTRANSCO), the sister entity of TANGEDCO.

He was answering questions during the second programme of the Mission Madurai series organised here by The Hindu in association with the Tamil Nadu Chamber of Commerce and Industry. The five districts of TANGEDCO Madurai region are Madurai, Dindigul, Theni, Sivaganga and Ramanathapuram.

He informed that in Madurai region, wind generators with a total capacity of 670 MW were operational. While Theni district had 340 wind energy generators with a total load of 447 MW, Dindigul had 233 units with load of 223 MW. Responding to a question from R. Krishnamoorthy, a retired professor on the proximity of HT lines to houses, the Chief Engineer said that it was most likely that the houses were constructed after the HT lines were installed.

As regards the problems of voltage fluctuation, he said that power authorities are aware of the problem and were according high priority to solve it.

Reacting to questions on TANGEDCO's efforts to promote solar power, P. Rajamani, a retired Chief Engineer who had served in the Head Quarters, said that people were ready to spend Rs. 20 lakh to Rs. 30 lakh on a house but not another Rs. 1 lakh to Rs. 2 lakh for solar equipment which could make them self-sufficient in power.

Disagreeing with the contention that the power authorities were not planning in advance, he said that the demand and consumption was monitored almost every hour and planning for new power projects was done at least a year in advance. However, several projects get delayed on various issues including land and this delay was throwing a spanner in the power authorities' plans.

MoU with university

The erstwhile TNEB had signed a Memorandum of Understanding with Anna University for carrying out research in solar power. Further, the TNEB also had central funding for Research and Development in areas like efficient metering, reducing line loss and capacitors.

Responding to a question from K. Devaraj, a trustee of Avraam Ami Trust, Mr. Nachadalingam said that the TANGEDCO had no immediate plans to revise the tariff. However, the cost of power and to supply it was constantly calculated.

Responding to a question from K. Serma Pandiyan, an executive committee member of the Chamber, he said that all assessors coming to take readings must furnish their identity cards.

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