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TN power utility to focus more on wind energy for power generation

- July 8, 2022

Chennai, July 7 (BPNS)

The Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Company( Tangedco) has started focusing on Wind energy with a new 765KV substation being built in Virudhunagar.  Officials are expecting that once this sub station starts functioning,the department will generate more power from wind energy.

It is to be noted that the average cost of wind power is Rs 3 per unit while that of Thermal power is between Rs 4 and 5 per unit. Presently thermal power is the major source of power generation in the state of Tamil Nadu.

Tangedco has on July 5, Tuesday procured a record 111.29 million units of wind power which is higher than the previous record of 107.55 million units generated on a single day on August 7, 2020.  The power utility has in a statement said that this high generation of wind power was achieved due to the better networking systems in place as new substations and transmission lines.

The wind season in Tamil Nadu generally starts from May and end in October every year and the best wind power generation ,according to officials, is available during the  months of July and August.

The power department of Tamil Nadu has shut down a few thermal units now due to the wind energy being generated is higher and cheaper. However after the month of October, the wind season comes down and hence the state cannot totally rely on wind power and shut down all thermal power stations.

It is to be noted that the total renewable energy capacity of Tamil Nadu is 17,525 MW and of which the installed capacity of Wind energy is 8615.22 MW.

The state of Tamil Nadu is in the process of converting its power slowly into solar and wind energy and to reduce relying more on Thermal power.