Wind Power in Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh: Potential Assessment, Costs, and Grid Implications
January 15, 2013
The on-shore wind power potential in India was officially estimated to be 49 GW, of which 17 GW forms part of the country’s mainstream energy mix. A few studies have estimated wind potential in India to be over 2000 GW, whereas others have underestimated it. The official wind resource potential was recently revised to 102 GW (80 m hub height). Given that wind power generation technology is already cost-effective, if this revised potential is confirmed to exist, wind can form a significant share of the country’s energy mix. It is to this effect that CSTEP undertook a study of the reassessment of the wind resource potential in the states of Karnataka and Andhra Pradesh, which account for more than one-fourth of the wind potential in the country according to official estimates. The report outlines the methodologies and key findings of this study.