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Government reinstated accelerated depreciation to boost wind power sector in the first budget : Piyush Goyal

Piyush Goyal addressing after launching the Wind Atlas with the State Power Ministers and Power SecretaryINVC NEWS New Delhi, Piyush Goyal, Minister of State (IC) for Power, Coal & New and Renewable Energy said that the Union Government has equal focus on various forms of renewable power and does not discriminate between solar, wind or biogas power in terms of providing support to these renewable sources. Shri Goyal said that the Government reinstated accelerated depreciation to boost wind power sector in the first budget of the new government so that people can expand and take benefits of the same. He was speaking after launching Indian Wind Resource Atlas at 100 metre level here today. Shri Piyush Goyal stated that the Atlas will help policy makers at Centre and State Governments to deal with issues related to tariff fixation, transmission, grade frequency etc and providing better infrastructure for the investors. He said that he is personally very delighted that the ministry has provided such crucial information in public domain at free of cost. He assured that the Ministries of Coal, Power and New & Renewable Energy will keep on providing more and more data in public domain and thus work on bringing transparency in the system. Shri Saurabh Patel, Gujarat Energy Minister, Shri Rajendra Shukla, Madhya Pradesh Energy Minister, Shri Pushpendra Singh, Rajasthan Energy Minister, Shri D.K. Shivkumar, Karnataka Energy Minister, senior officials from central agencies, state government and high level representatives of the wind industry were also present at the occasion. The new Indian Wind Atlas is an important online GIS (Geographic Information System) tool for identification of the regional and local wind energy potential in India. It contains average annual values of Wind Speed (m/s), Wind Power Density and Capacity Utilization Factor (CUF) calculated for an average 2 MW turbine at 100 m. In the atlas the resultant layers are at very high resolution and joint frequency tables have been derived for the entire country at 500 m resolution. Also, high resolution Re-analysis data set has been used for the study- NCEP/CFSR which enhanced the accuracy of the mapping. The Atlas uses dynamic meso-micro coupled WRF modelling technique.

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