Wind forecasting can solve Tamil Nadu's power evacuation issues
Sep 22, 2014 - A state-level wind energy forecasting mechanism and wind energy integration facility will allow Tamil Nadu to avoid the significant wind power evacuation losses, which in 2013 alone were 3 TWh.
The chairman of the Indian Wind Power Association (IWPA), K Kasthurirangan, said so at the Coimbatore Energy Summit, as cited by the Press Trust of India (PTI). He calculates that the evacuation loss in the state between April and September 2014 has already reached 1.6 TWh.
Tamil Nadu was once the top wind state in India but in 2013 investments slowed down due to the poor power transmission infrastructure in the state and falling investor confidence. According to Kasthurirangan, the power evacuation loss related to wind energy for the Tamil Nadu State Electricity Board amounted to INR 10 billion (USD 165m/EUR 128m) in the past six months.
The IWPA head is calling for the addition of wind forecasting and wind energy integration facility to the power transmission mechanism to avoid such heavy losses in the future.