The recently concluded global Indian Wind Power Association conference in Chennai was a success, with private companies and Indian government pledging to invest more in wind energy.
INDIAN WIND Power Association, Chennai has organised a three-day International Conference on Wind Energy “WE by 2020” from February 15 to February 17 at Hall No.12, Pragati Maidan, New Delhi. The conference was inaugurated by the Minister for New and Renewable Energy Dr. Farooq Abdullah.
The Indian Wind Power Association has 1000 members, and most of them are investors in Wind Energy. Dr. Pramod Deo, Chairman CERC, Dr. H.C.IR Jose Beurskens, ECN Netherlands, also took part in the conference, which also had 200 other participants present.
The exhibition saw active participation from various wind power generating companies such as Suzlon, Vestas India, Enercon (India), Leitner Shriram, ReGen Powertech, Ghodawat Energy and Gamesa are participating in the exhibition. Besides major investors in wind energy such as CLP India and MSPL Ltd, RRB Energy, GE Energy, Kenersys, Voith Turbo, AVN Energy, SIEMENS, ABPS Infra, Pioneer Wincon and AWS True power.
Speaking on the occasion, Abdullah said, “The wind power potential of the country has been estimated to be 48000 MW. This is a conservative estimation based on the assumption that only 1 per cent of potential land could be used for Wind Power projects. However, with the availability of better and efficient wind turbines suitable for our moderate wind regimes and availability of increased infrastructure for power evacuation, the potential could go up. We should also initiate to reestablish our wind potential in the country so that higher capacity could be installed. We should explore possibility of low wind regime areas also with improved technology and lower cost". Dr. Abdullah further added that, “The vision of the Ministry is to enable India to be a global leader in renewable energy, particularly in wind sector. I am confident that this conference will come with a road map and specific recommendations for the growth of the sector from the present level of three percent of the grid connected power. I am not sure whether we could achieve 20 per cent energy share from Wind in a short interval of 10 year but the target is laudable. We should always have stretched targets and try to reach them. Whatever suppor, various stakeholders in the sector are looking at from the Ministry will be considered on merits.”
Kasturirangan, Chairman of the Association welcomed the gathering and said, “The activities of the Association are aimed at increasing the growth of the wind energy. Wind Energy 20 by 2020, the International Conference on Wind Energy at New Delhi from February 15 to February 17 2011 is a manifestation of IWPA’s ambition and a private sector initiative to take India on big growth path – a thinking in line with that of NAPCC – National action plan on climate change of our Prime Minister”. He stated that IWPA is twice as big as European Wind Energy Associatio, which consists of 500 members. He further stated that because IWPA is closely working with state utilities, regulatory commissions, nodal agencies, state advisory committee task forces, Centre for Wind Energy Technology et al, its activities are highly representative, region and country oriented, visionary and in the overall interest of the entire spectrum of members, the wind sector and the country in general.