‘State ahead of Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and Delhi’
Minister for Electricity on Friday P. Thangamani said the State had made a big turnaround from being energy deficient five years ago by increasing power production to surplus stage in the last two or three years.
Inaugurating the TAN-Energy Summit 2017 organised by FICCI, said the State had been ranked first by the Central Electricity Authority for having power surplus of 11,640 million units followed by other States including Maharashtra, Madhya Pradesh and Delhi.
Mr. Thangamani pointed out that Tamil Nadu could proudly claim to have completed 100% electrification of villages in the country. He said several new schemes had been brought by the Tamil Nadu Generation and Distribution Corporation for consumers such as the provision of one-day domestic service connection and low tension connection within seven days. Achim Fabig, Consul General, Consulate General of the Federal Republic of Germany, said in a State like Tamil Nadu whose energy demands had been growing leading to environment pollution or dependence on nuclear energy the German experience against nuclear energy could be worth noting.
Mr. Fabig said the country had planned to achieve 40% of the energy needs from conventional energy to renewable energy by 2022 and 80% by 2050. Explaining the achievement made by Schleswig Holstein, a rural State in Germany, to become 100% dependent on renewable energy, he talked abut the Indo-German cooperation in energy sector through the execution of green corridor project, new solar forecasting similar to wind forecasting and creating micro grid solutions to small scale industries through TANSTIA.
Pointing out the several innovative technologies brought in the field of renewable energy by Indians working in abroad, former CEO and Managing Director BrahMos Aerospace A. Sivathanu Pillai wanted young engineers to innovate better energy technologies in the country. Several speakers made presentations on various energy subjects including energy efficiency, solar energy storage, energy aspects in Smart Cities and transmission and distribution network. Ar Rm Arun, Chairman, FICCI Tamil Nadu State Council, welcomed the gathering.