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Posted on September 10, 2011 by


Energy and Renewable Energy in UP

Energy demand has been growing by 25 per cent annually, though the per capita consumption of energy in UP in one of the lowest in the country at 370 units per year. The peak demand in UP has shot up to 11,000 MW this year from 9,000 MW last year. To enable installation of renewable energy that will help in bridging the power deficit, UP Electricity Regulatory Commission has specified Renewable Purchase Obligation – starting with 4% in the year 2010-11 and increasing to 6% in 2012-13. In the current year, the 3.75% is expected to come from non-solar sources and 0.25% from solar. As per the CEA report published in March 2011, UP has installed renewable energy capacity of 609MW. This is much behind a number of states which have much larger biomass, wind and small hydro power generation exploited. Apart from RPO, UPNEDA would be organising monthly renewable energy fairs across different districts of UP to showcase solar energy products in the rural pockets.

Wind Energy Statistics for 2011
First half of 2011 saw new installations of 18,400MW. With these additions, the worldwide wind capacity 2,15,000MW in the year June 2011. First half of previous year was comparatively weaker with only 16,000MW added. Full year 2011 could see around 43,900 MW. China has remained the driver with a 43% market share of the new installed capacity with 8000 MW. This number is the highest ever addition within the first hald year ever.The total installed wind energy capacity in China stands at 52,000MW as of June 2011. Four Chinese companies – Sinovel, Goldwind, Dongfang Electric and United Power – are now among the world’s top 10 wind turbine manufacturers.

The top 5 markets in wind energy capacity are China, USA, Germany, Spain and India, contributing 74% of the global wind capacity.
Source: The World Wind Energy Association

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