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Purchase rates for wind-generated electricity in South India rise

Purchase rates for wind-generated electricity in Andhra Pradesh, South India, have been increased from INR 3.10/kWh ($0.070/kWh) to INR 3.50/kWh ($0.08/kWh). The increase is higher than the INR 3.37/kWh ($0.077/kWh) recommended by a committee charged with examining the state's wind power policy, which included representatives from the wind industry. Access to the grid will be charged at 2% of the sales price of electricity being wheeled on the wires to customers, but electricity that is excess to demand can no longer be "banked" for use during power cuts. Andhra Pradesh has just 107 MW of wind capacity installed so far, although its potential is estimated to be 8275 MW. The new prices put Andhra Pradesh on a par with India's leading wind development states such as Tamil Nadu, Karnataka and Maharashtra, which offer rates of INR 3.40-3.50/kWh ($0.078-0.08/kWh).

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