Guidelines for wind power development issued by the Ministry for Non Conventional Energy Sources (MNES) are now being praised by wind industry for encouraging the purchase of better machines. When first published the guidelines were met with great scepticism with fears they would slow development. "At one time people used to talk about installing megawatts. Now they talk in terms of kilowatt hour output. That reveals a new awareness of effectivity," comments an industry observer. Although not explicit on the subject, the guidelines indicate that erection of used turbines imported from outside India does not make sound business sense. This has been noted by the Tamil Nadu Electricity Board which recently passed a resolution stating that it would not permit the use of second hand-machines in the state. Rumour has it that some second-hand machines recently brought into Tamil Nadu will need to slither their way into more accommodating states.
Despite the current market slump in India, installed wind capacity has continued to creep up and now totals 732.6 MW. Installations during the past fiscal year totalled 383 MW, compared with 235 MW the year before. Tamil Nadu took the lion's share by installing 282 MW, up from the previous year's 191 MW.