Chairman and Managing Director of Gamesa Wind Turbine Ramesh Kymal is optimistic about the future of wind power generation in India despite the drop in capacity addition this financial year. Gamesa Wind Turbine is the Indian arm of Spanish wind power equipment maker Gamesa Corp Tecnologica SA. Kymal, also Chairman of the Indian Wind Turbine Manufacturers Association, outlined his company’s plans and what the industry is doing to overcome challenges in India.
He said that the Budget proposal to introduce generation-based incentives (GBI) for wind power companies will address the industry’s concerns. Accelerated depreciation benefits for the industry ended at the end of fiscal 2012. They were supposed to be replaced by GBIs. However, there was no announcement from the government in this regard.
He said that due to lack of clarity over incentives, the capacity addition in fiscal 2013 will be only around 1,900 mw. It was around 3,000 mw in fiscal 2012, he added. The government and the Central Electricity Regulatory Commission (CERC) should move towards making Renewable Purchase Obligation (RPO) mandatory for electricity distribution companies (discoms) and impose a stiff penalty in case they fail to meet their RPOs, he suggested.
There is tremendous potential in the Himalayan region for wind power but the difficult terrain makes it almost impossible to transport equipment and install a power transmission network, Kymal said. Besides, there is no local demand for electricity to sustain such an endeavour.
But with large transmission infrastructure being built to bring power from hydro power stations in the North-East to North India, Gamesa is exploring the possibility of setting up wind power stations in the Himalayan region by using smaller equipment, he added.
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