While the States of Andhra Pradesh, Gujarat, Rajasthan and Karnataka were the major contributors in the total wind installations in 2016 with their lion share of 3,718.91 MW, the Indian Wind Turbine Manufacturers’ Association (IWTMA) has noted that in the financial year ending March 31 this year, the wind installations are expected to cross 4,000 MW.
Noting that India had made significant commitment under the Paris Declaration and the CoP 21 to fight against the climate change, the IWTMA Chairman, Sarvesh Kumar, outlined that wind industry witnessed many path-breaking policies in 2016.
To name a few were the draft Wind-Solar-Hybrid policy, guidelines for development of onshore wind projects and for prototype wind turbines, proposal for evaluation of small wind energy and hybrid projects, competitive bidding of 1,000 MW of wind power and setting up of 1,000 MW ISTS connected wind power projects.
While noting that the IWTMA had expressed its concern for the state governments that needed to be incentivised by the central government to meet their RPO targets, Sarvesh Kumar, who is also the President and Chief Operating Officer of RRB Energy Limited, New Delhi, commended the Centre for waiving the Central Transmission Utility (CTU) charges in the competitive bidding up to 2019 besides announcing reduction in the duty structure.
Considering that 90 per cent of the investments came from the private sector in the wind sector, Kumar felt that the payment security “Must Run Status” and maintenance of RPO by wind states were vital.
Elaborating further that the National RPO and RPO by all the 29 States would bring about the much required traction for wind, Kumar wanted closer working of the industry with the Power Grid Corporation India Limited (PGCIL).