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Wind Energy in India

Facts for Prelims (FFP)

Source: PIB

 

Context: On Global Wind Day (June 15), the Ministry of New and Renewable Energy in India organized a day-long event in New Delhi to celebrate the success of wind energy adoption and explore its future potential.

 

Outcome:

  • Launch of Wind Atlas at 150 meters above ground level, prepared by National Institute of Wind Energy (NIWE, HQ: Chennai)
  • The onshore wind potential of the country is now estimated at 1,164 GW at 150 meters above ground level
  • Rajasthan was felicitated for achieving the highest wind capacity addition, Gujarat for achieving the highest wind capacity addition through open access and Tamil Nadu for initiating the repowering of wind turbines.

 

India’s Status in Wind Energy:

  • India ranks fourth in wind power capacity in the world.
  • India currently has 4 GW of prospective projects in wind energy.
  • India has a potential of about 60 GW of wind.
  • Tamil Nadu is the largest producer of wind energy

 

Government’s initiatives: National Wind-Solar Hybrid Policy (2018) and National Offshore wind energy policy (2015)

 

India’s overall renewable targets: 

Wind energy is crucial to India’s efforts to achieve its goal of having 50% of its electric power installed capacity from non-fossil fuel-based energy resources by 2030 and to achieve Net Zero by 2070. India is fully committed to achieving the target of 500 GW of renewable energy capacity by the year 2030