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Wind Energy In India: Gone With The Wind?

India’s installed wind power capacity at 11.8 GW (Gigawatts) is fifth in the world, with the US leading at 35GW and China second at 25GW.  The installed wind power capacity in India accounts for 6% of the total and generates for 1.6% of the country’s power, similar to the US where wind accounts for 2% of its total. (Source: Wikipedia)

Is there more to this than meets the eye? Are incentives to the wind energy sector really making an impact in India? Does installed capacity translate into actual power generation?

Hemant Anant Jain, our Guest Writer presents yet another biting visual essay:


GONE WITH THE WIND?

India made all kinds of noises about climate negotiations. No, we won’t do it. The west will have to pay. Alright. The west should pay. Agreed. And what are we going to do with the money? Invest in alternative energy, clean energy. Yeah right. And how are we going to do that?

Let’s take wind energy for instance. For years now it has been sucked dry due to corruption. And the government can’t do better than to make committees which investigate how the wind turbines blow away the monsoon clouds.

It’s been said here, and we will say it again. We need to cap corruption to stop climate chaos. Carbon’s got nothing to do with it.

Here’s the full story on wind energy. Do yourself a favour. Read it and start asking questions.

(The report in “Down to Earth,” the magazine by the Centre for Science and Environment in India, entitled “Fanning the Alternative” says:

“This is the real story of wind energy in India. The sector has, rightly, received huge incentives, but these have not upped power generation. As it emerges, companies have merrily installed plants, not to generate power, but to gain from tax and depreciation benefits. The business seems a closed loop—the turbine-maker makes deals with investor companies to set up plants. Nobody quite knows the cost of a windmill. The turbine-maker gains; the investor profits. Indeed, nobody seems really interested in selling power, increasing efficiency and cutting costs.”

( 1 lakh in Indian currency = 100 000 Rupees = US $ 2,200

1 Crore in Indian currency = 10 million Rupees = US $ 220,000)

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Further links you may be interested in:

While our rich look at wind energy as an ‘alternative’ way to save taxes, the poor of the world by their ingenuity are building wind turbines and generating their own electricity. See the amazing video on TED by William Kamkwamba below.

Extracted from The Great Indian Clearance Sale

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This essay is by our Guest Writer, Hemant Anant Jain, a professional ad designer based in Mumbai, India. He weaves his skills as a Writer and Illustrator to tell stories that raise awareness about various environmental issues.  His websites include: The Great Indian Clearance Sale, Munna On The Run and EU Th!nk About It blog.

Other blogs by Hemant Anant Jain :

EWTT: There should only be one Millennium Development Goal. Redefine Development

EWTT:  Anyone for a Revolution?

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