TN urges Centre for energy corridor to sell wind power

As Tamil Nadu is in a position to sell about 1,000 MW surplus wind power to other states, Chief Minister J Jayalalithaa urged the Centre to set up a dedicated inter-state green energy corridor for the purpose.

Tamil Nadu, with an installed capacity of 7,600 MW of wind power, contributes about 27% of the country’s total installed wind capacity. In addition, there is an installed capacity of 1,142 MW of solar power.

Stating that Tamil Nadu has already met its Renewable Purchase Obligation (RPO), Jayalalithaa, in a letter to Prime Minister Narendra Modi, pointed out that many states in India, who are unable to meet the RPO, are now approaching the state for assistance.

“To facilitate the sale of surplus wind power to the states in need of renewable energy, it is important that a dedicated interstate green energy corridor is established so that the surplus wind energy from Tamil Nadu can be successfully evacuated and sold to other states,” she said.

Jayalalithaa also asked Modi to instruct the Ministry of Power to speed up the process of establishing the green energy corridor. She said that the state’s goal is to add a further 4,500 MW of wind power and 5,000 MW of solar power over the next five years.

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