of a Wind Energy Programme for Karnataka
Wind, as a renewable source of energy, has not been exploited in any significant
measure. Except in the case of a few European Countries, wind energy accounts
for a negligible fraction of the total spectrum of energy consumption in
most countries. However, this scenario is changing, albeit very gradually.
Apart from the 'energy crisis' (the focus have being the conventional energy
resources), there are a number of socio-economic factors that provide the
rationale for a search for new energy resources and for an increased emphasis
on the hitherto non-conventional sources of power. These factors are all
the more pertinent for an underdeveloped country such as India. Given the
criteria of cost-effectiveness, they necessitate a system of energy generation,
distribution and consumption that is an optimal mix of centralised and decentralised
mechanism and draw upon both conventional and non-conventional energy resources.
The study team has completed its work and final reports have been prepared. Based on the analysis of wind data collected from 22 meteorological stations spread over Karnataka, the working group has arrived at certain conclusions.
It is proposed to pursue the project into a follow-up phase with the aim of concentrating on these specific jobs. Salient among these recommendations are :