An outlandish accusation that wind turbines cause droughts (Windpower Monthly, November 2003) is still doing the rounds in India, forcing the Indian Wind Energy Association (InWEA) to take further action in its bid to convince local communities otherwise. InWEA has plans to host an educational road show in Vankuswade in the drought-ridden Satara district of Maharashtra to "remove apprehensions about wind turbines in the area." InWEA's J.N. Malviya hopes to dismiss claims made by some political parties in the run up to the recent general election of a link between turbines and reduction in rainfall levels or changes in cloud patterns which lead to drought. K.C. Sinha Ray, former director of India's meteorological office stresses: "There are very few regional parameters. In fact, some parts of Satara have witnessed increased rains in the recent past."
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