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  • Good Article on Wind Energy

    Good Article on Wind Energy in India.

    Government move to new incentives linked to the amount of wind energy ¬produced is most welcome. Such incentives are there in countries like US, Canada, Finland, Sweden, and the Netherlands
    Existing incentives reward investments in the sector, but do not factor in actual production of wind energy.
    Currently, a Central scheme provides an accelerated depreciation benefit of 80%, an income tax holiday and exemption from excise and concessional customs duty and state governments provide capital subsidies to wind power projects. Maharashtra has a cess on conventional energy in order to create a ÔÇÿclean energy fundÔÇÖ that will be used to promote renewable energy projects in the state.
    The incentive is beneficial only to balance sheet financers with high tax liabilities. ÔÇ£Right now, the structure is such that only the attraction of tax deferment is bringing in investors (into wind energy). It has become more of a tax deferment instrument for bigger companies with high tax liabilities. As of now, there is hardly any wind project in India which is not used for tax reduction,ÔÇØ says Ram Babu, managing director, CantorCO2e India, a London-based firm which offers financial services to environmental and energy markets worldwide.

    The current benefits, wind energy experts say, have not incentivized the sector enough to drive its growth. ÔÇ£Depreciation benefit does play a good role and it has given the sector the initial fillip it needed but now it needs to be expanded,ÔÇØ according to Debashish Majumdar, managing director, Indian Renewable Energy Development Agency Ltd (Ireda). The current benefits have to do with reducing tax outgo, and most power producers, especially the new ones, do not have much of this anyway.

    IndiaÔÇÖs Wind Energy is not even half of that of China even though China started much later than India. Here are the figures of countries with largest Wind Installations at the end of June 2010 in MW:

    USA 36,300,China 33,800; Germany 26,400 ; Spain 19,500 ; India 12 ; Italy 5,00 ; France 500 ; United Kingdom 4,600 ; Portugal 3,800 ; Denmark 3,700 ;Rest of the World: 24,500 MW. Total 175,000 MW (Source: WWEA 2010). Of course China is the world leader in Wind Today with 41.8 GW (gigawatts) at the end of 2010.

    Another area where India can march ahead is offshore wind farms.

    The 9 European countries with offshore wind power capacity in 2010 were:
    1. UK ÔÇö 1,341 MW
    2. Denmark ÔÇö 854 MW
    3. Netherlands ÔÇö 249 MW
    4. Belgium ÔÇö 195 MW
    5. Sweden ÔÇö 164 MW
    6. Germany ÔÇö 92 MW
    7. Ireland ÔÇö 25 MW
    8. Finland ÔÇö 26 MW
    9. Norway ÔÇö 2.3 MW
    Length of coastline of India including the coastlines of Andaman and Nicobar Islands in the Bay of Bengal and Lakshwadweep Islands in the Arabian Sea is 7517 km. A beginning can be made by conducting intensive wind survey to identify the potential windy region and Wind Farms started. China, South Korea, Taiwan and France have ambitious plans to set up offshore wind farms.

    Hitherto incentives(By way of depreciation) for Renewable Energy are only given to big industries which set up these plants. In Denmark Wind Farm co-operatives do well. In India also A Wind Fund can be set up and those invest in it under Section 80C can be given Income Tax Exemption. This way there will be wide participation of people in Wind and other Renewables. Also Wind farm co-operatives on the lines of the ones in Denmark can be started in India to boost up wind energy in the country.

    Put the WIND to WORK: To get inexhaustible, pollution-free energy which cannot be

    Wind Energy Expert
    Nellore (AP)

    Posted by: Anonymous | 8 years ago | Reply
  • Wind Energy is neither Free

    Wind Energy is neither Free and Neither Clean as it is made out to be. We should have given far more importance to energy conservation and efficiency. Wind energy is just another supply side options.Without plugging the leakages, abuse ,misuse and inefficient use of energy it will not help at all.
    Unfortunately Bureau of Energy Efficiency has utterly failed in its duty to provide the kind of leadership which was expected from it.
    Thanks to the frequent foreign visits by the DG and other officials,defective ECBC,silly schemes like BLY, non-accreditation of energy auditors,non-establishment of the Tribunal,non-sense mechanism called PAT,dubious S & L programme, Useless surveys,False claims of 'Verified energy savings etc.

    Sunil Sood

    Posted by: Anonymous | 8 years ago | Reply
  • You are totally wrong and

    You are totally wrong and ignorant of the potential of Wind Energy. It is by far the expanding Renewable Energy around the globe(excluding hydel).Everybody knows about Energy Efficiency but few practice it.

    Dr.A.Jagadeesh Nellore(AP),India
    Wind Energy Expert

    Posted by: Anonymous | 8 years ago | Reply
  • I am from MP where India's

    I am from MP where India's First Wind Farm Company was established more than 15 years ago.I have been to a factory in Bangalore on Tumkur Road, where they manufacture turbine blades.I was shocked to see the pollution caused due to the manufacturing process and also the energy consumed to manufacture blades,transport them etc. I know how the wind energy was promoted and what means were adopted. Please refer all the debates on Wind energy in the internet.

    Reg your comment-"Everybody knows about Energy Efficiency but few practice it". I agree to some extent as it has not been exploited due to several barriers.It is our job to remove them and promote conservation and efficiency instead of trying to meet the endless demand through energy cannibalism .BEE was formed for that very purpose. But unfortunately it has utterly failed in its duty.

    Sunil Sood

    Posted by: Anonymous | 8 years ago | Reply
  • The Wind farms you talk in MP

    The Wind farms you talk in MP is a total failure. MP has not even medium winds. Only to exploit tax benefits people set up wind farms there. Only in Tamilnadu,Maharashtra,Gujarat and to some extent in Rajasthan Wind farms are working. Regarding Pollution INDUSTRY AND POLLUTION go together. We must fight for safety and non pollution measures rather than asking the industries to close down,

    Dr.A.Jagadeesh Nellore(AP),India

    Posted by: Anonymous | 8 years ago | Reply
  • Hids is vallabh Kapadi from

    Hids is vallabh Kapadi from Global Power Developers in Mumbai. We undertake micro and mega wind turbine projects all over India and abroad. We do have the necessary skills and experience to undertake mega projects. Kindly email me at the email address as I have got some calculations done, about the investment and payback period, specially for those who are interested in setting up windfarm. You can understand it perfectly. Please feel free to contact at 9821321361/

    Posted by: Anonymous | 7 years ago | Reply
  • It's rightly said that energy

    It's rightly said that energy saving should be implemented at all levels, and highly efficient an energy saving devices must be used in order to utilise  resources in an optimal way. At the same time, in order to meet energy demands in future and given our growing economy, we should have the right mix of resources to produce power. Renewable energy sources definitely can contribute a sizeable portion, and particularly wind energy which is proven for many years can still sustain it, as we are left with huge potential in country to exploit. With the launch of megawatt capacity wind turbines, with taller towers and large rotor ,the efficiency of wind farms have gone up 30%, even in low wind sites. These machines have updated technology to perform with high efficiency and have proved efective even in low wind sites, which are getting commercially viable. Repowering, shall be an option to improve the performance of wind farms, but that involves lot of ground level challenges in execution. Still it's a good chance to work out and get the best of it, provided all wind turbine owners in a wind farm have same thought principle, and financial capabilities to invest in repowering. Government has started offering performance based incentives to wind power, in order to make the project still viable and to attract large IPP investments in future. But still, the accelerated depriciation benefit shall be continued for wind mills with some conditions & guidelines, which will make them to operate & deliver a particular level of efficiency, as a MUST. For example in Karnataka, recently, the nodal agency KREDL had issued a notification that any wind farm operating in Karnataka, should deliver an efficiancy of minimum 20%, which is a welcoming rule, to improve the performance of wind farms. It's clearly showing a way forward & hopes, to still utilise the resources in a better way..... CLEAN ENERGY...definitely has a large role to play and lets all have a common goal to make our country energy independent asap..... SARAVANAN.P, Coimbatore (TN)

    Posted by: Anonymous | 7 years ago | Reply
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