Chennai, May 17 Electricity generation from wind mills installed in Tamil Nadu fell sharply to 16.71 million units on Saturday, compared with 34.72 million units the previous day. On Thursday, the windmills in the State generated a record 41.16 million units — the highest so far this season (summer).
Tamil Nadu has installed wind power capacity of 4,126 MW, which is over 70 per cent of the wind power capacity in the entire country.
The State has always been handsomely rewarded for using this resource.
The Tamil Nadu Electricity Board (TNEB) had targeted to get 484 million units of electricity from the wind mills. By May 16, it has got 384 million units.
However, given the fickleness of wind-electricity, one has to keep one’s fingers crossed.
Tamil Nadu has been reeling under acute power shortage and the TNEB has been able to keep (scheduled) load shedding at levels between 900 MW and 1,050 MW only by purchasing power at very high costs from other States, mainly Chhattisgarh.
The industries in the State suffer a four-hour power cut, between 6 p.m. and 10 p.m., but many manufacturing units complain of intermittent, unannounced power outages.
In an informal meeting on March 31, Tamil Nadu’s Electricity Minister, Mr Arcot N. Veerasami, had said the power cut would be off from May 10, when wind power would have started to kick-in.
Wind power generation began earlier this year, thanks to good winds, but there has been no respite from power cuts.