Karnataka State Electricity Regulatory Commission has fixed a ceiling tariff of Rs 3.45 per unit for wind auctions in the state and directed that all future purchases of wind power should be solely through competitive bidding. It may be noted, the company had earlier fixed a tariff of Rs. 3.74 in October 2017 which had been revised down to Rs. 3.45. The KERC order noted that, with 4,656 MW of commissioned wind power, the state was comfortably placed to fulfil its renewable energy purchase obligations (RPOs). It also mandated that any future procurement from wind power should be based on ?least cost procurement? basis so that the benefit of reduced tariff goes to the consumers of the state.
Wind power contributes roughly 4% of power generated across the world. The gentle blowing breeze generates around 370000 MW of power in over 100 countries. From a peripheral and unconventional energy, wind power has come a long way and has become a mainstream sector with innovation, modernization and technology upgradation.
In India, wind power contributes 12% of total energy generation and it ranks 5th in global rank. In India, rapid growth of wind power generation started after year 2005 and it has grown exponentially till 2012 and gradually dropped in cap
Ministry of Renewable Energy is planning to set up India?s first offshore wind turbines at Arichamunai near Dhanushkodi at an estimated investment of Rs. 3000 million. The MNRE proposed to install four to five wind turbines, each with the capacity to generate a minimum of 6 MW of power, though offshore wind turbines were quite large with capacities going up to 12 MW. The Centre had given its nod and after obtaining clearances, the project would be launched in the next six months? time.