Tamil Nadu, which prizes its distinctiveness and independence from northern India, was one of India’s first states to industrialize and has built an impressive industrial base. Its high-functioning bureaucracy is known for excellent administration of welfare schemes, giving the state some of the best social indicators in India. In recent years, however, Tamil Nadu’s competitiveness has slipped as its government has been slow to adopt reforms or to appeal to foreign investors.
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India faces a complex energy challenge: it needs cheap and abundant energy to power high economic growth and lift its citizens into the middle class. But it also hopes to keep its commitments to the U.N. Climate Change Convention and achieve energy independence. India’s states have the resources to generate the energy India needs, but they take different approaches to fostering the growth of the industry. This section allows you to explore energy news from India’s states and offers the Wadhwani Chair’s analysis of India’s energy sector.
Sembcorp Energy India and Suzlon Group announced completion of a 250 MW wind power project, the first wind energy project auctioned by the Solar Energy Corporation of India, at Chandragiri in Tamil Nadu. The power generated from the project will be supplied to the states of Jharkhand, Bihar, Uttar Pradesh, and Delhi.
Tamil Nadu has issued a draft solar policy that puts the technology in the center of the state’s sustainable development with a procurement target of 8.9 gigawatts by 2022. The draft Solar Energy Policy 2018 is open for comments until October 15.
The Tamil Nadu Electricity Regulatory Commission has fixed a payment of $0.05/kilowatt-hour (kWh) as the pooled cost of power purchase or a payment of 75 percent of the preferential tariff, whichever is lowest, that the Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation will pay to the generators of renewable energy sources.
Independent power producer Mytrah Energy entered into a power purchase agreement with the Solar Energy Corporation of India (SECI) to establish a 300 MW wind power plant in Coimbatore. Mytrah’s winning bid of 3 cents/kWh was part of the fourth tranche of SECI’s wind reverse auctions, in which 11 companies participated.
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Solar Performance Tracker — Tamil Nadu reaches 2220.95 MW (updated September 21, 2018)
Wind Performance Tracker — Tamil Nadu achieves 7613.86 MW (updated March 31, 2016)