The power-rich state of Maharashtra in western India has decided to slow down its implementation of already approved wind and cogeneration projects. Due to lack of cash, Maharashtra is already finding it difficult to live up to its commitment to buy power from the Enron-led Dabhol Power Company. The Maharashtra State Electricity Board (MSEB) is running at a huge loss and cannot pay the premium tariff for power from wind and co-generation projects. MSEB also fears it would lose its high tension industry customers if wind became an option. Some 450 MW of new projects had otherwise been approved for construction this year. Current installed wind power capacity in Maharashtra is 152 MW, but these facilities have been running at a load factor of just 20% because of poor winds, say MSEB officials.
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