Energy emergency: Still blowing in the wind?

The timing could not have been more apt. Top rung executives of nations which are parties to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) were meeting up in Lima, Peru, to make one more attempt (this being the 20th Conference of Parties) to set a global goal for phasing out all fossil-fuel related emissions. And switching over to cleaner and greener energy options. Meanwhile, Tata Power, India’s largest integrated power company, was being awarded the title of “Wind Farm Operator of the Year – Agaswadi Wind farm” at the Wind Independent Power Producer Summit 2014.

Instituted in 2011, the Wind IPP Summit is one of India’s most prestigious wind energy events, which offers the industry an international platform to showcase and demonstrate its latest products and services. Clearly, Tata Power is leading the pack on this front. In fact, it has four of its renewable energy projects registered under the Clean Development Mechanism (CDM) programme UNFCCC.

As far as wind power is concerned, the Company has a robust portfolio comprising of 462.6 MW of installed Wind generating capacity making, it one of the largest renewable players in India. The wind farms of the Company are spread across five states – Maharashtra, Tamil Nadu, Gujarat, Karnataka and Rajasthan which are the leading states in promoting wind power generation in India.

Powering the future

As is evident, Tata Power does not plan to sleep on its laurels. It continues to pursue avenues to add ‘clean and renewable energy generation capacities to increase renewable energy portfolio. The Agaswadi wind farm in Maharashtra has an installed capacity of 49.50 MW.

“Our founder, Shri Jamshetji Tata, vowed to provide the country and its people with cheap, clean, and abundant power. Tata Power continues to make good on that promise and takes pride in lighting up lives,” says Mr Anil Sardana, Managing Director and CEO of Tata Power.

In recent times the Company has set some truly challenging goals for itself. For instance, it is investing in state of the art technologies that ensure sustainable power generation even from conventional sources. Installation of India’s first 800 MW supercritical boiler at 4000 MW Mundra UMPP is one such example. The objective is to safeguard the environment for future generations.

“We have introduced pioneering initiatives and responsible business practices that have a minimal impact on the environment in our quest to deliver sustainable energy. We aim to align our goals with the new government’s vision to promote clean energy in India’s energy mix,” declares Mr Sardana.

Given the determination and sincerity of the Tata Power team, this ‘mix’ might just turn out to be the solution that the luminaries in Lima are looking for and are yet to find.

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