India has potential for 89 GW wind power if support provided

A report from the latest India Wind Energy Outlook claims that the country is capable of generating an optimal output of 89 GW of capacity by 2020, but that potential is dependent on governmental backing.

The study makes the comparison with the current 18 GW wind power already in place in the subcontinent.

According to the report exploitation of that potential can come about if a comprehensive renewable energy law is drawn up, with a uniform system of tariffs and significant improvements to the country’s grid.
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The report was jointly released by the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC), the Indian Wind Turbine Manufacturers’ Association (IWTMA) and World Institute of Sustainable Energy (WISE).

GWEC secretary general Steve Sawyer says: “India’s wind power sector has a mature manufacturing industry, and enormous growth potential. Now we need to get the right policies in place both nationally and at state level for India to meet its target of 15 per cent renewable electricity supply by 2020.

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