Pointing to coal shortage for thermal power generation, Tamil Nadu Chief Minister K. Palaniswami on Friday urged the central government to supply 72,000 tonnes of coal daily to help the state thermal plants towards optimal electricity generation.
Power demand is on the rise again in Tamil Nadu. Compared to last year, the demand is more than 2,000MW this year. With wind power generation coming down in the last few days, Tangedco has been purchasing power from private companies and through the electricity exchange.
From being a power deficient state, Tamil Nadu has risen to top the country in installed wind capacity, making it also one of the top states globally, behind only a few provinces in China and Texas in America, as a renewable energy generator.
Energy major Indian Oil Corporation (IOC) will be investing about Rs 7,112 crore in infrastructure facilities in Tamil Nadu over the next three years, said a senior official. At the IOC group level — IOC and group company Chennai Petroleum Corporation Ltd — will be investing about Rs 37,112 crore in Tamil Nadu.
The national committee on transmission has recommended projects worth Rs 510 crore across Gujarat and Tamil Nadu, the two most coveted states for wind power developers.
Payments from the Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Company continue to get delayed by more than a year, wind turbine owners said.
Tamil Nadu is ranked fourth among industrialised states in pursuing energy efficiency initiatives. According to the first edition of the survey released by Niti Aayog on Thursday, the state lags in energy efficiency programmes for buildings.
Several renewable and non-renewable projects in Tamil Nadu have either been delayed or are non-starters. Thermal projects like North Chennai, Uppur and Udangudi with a capacity generation of several thousand MW are nowhere near their scheduled date of commissioning. They were scheduled to be completed between 2019 and 2021.
Two bodies of the Tamil Nadu government, MTC and Chennai Metro Rail Ltd (CMRL), have started work on a common ticketing system for both their utilities in Chennai. However, the operator running suburban trains, the second biggest public transport mode in the city and its suburbs, Southern Railway is nowhere in the picture.
The Ministry of New and Renewable Energy (MNRE) has announced medium- and long-term offshore wind energy target of 5 GW by 2022 and 30 GW by 2030, to provide confidence to the industry.