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ENVIRONMENT   EDUCATION

Wind energy – India fourth in the world

The Indian wind energy sector has an installed capacity of 8757.2 MW (as on March 31, 2008). In terms of wind power installed capacity, India is ranked 4th in the world. Today it is a major player in the global wind energy market.

The potential is far from exhausted. Indian Wind Energy Association has estimated that with the current level of technology, the ‘on-shore’ potential for utilisation of wind energy for electricity generation is of the order of 65,000 MW.

The unexploited resource availability has the potential to sustain the growth of wind energy sector in India for years to come.

For interesting information about status of wind and renewable energy sources in India visit:

Indian Wind Energy Association:
http://www.inwea.org/

New results for wind energy:
http://news.google.com/news?hl=en&q=wind+energy+in+India&um=1&ie=UTF-8&sa=X&oi=news_group &resnum=4&ct=title

Clean Energy Ideas:
http://www.clean-energy-ideas.com/articles/wind_energy_india.html

Centre for Wind Energy Technology:
http://www.cwet.tn.nic.in/

Non-Conventional energy maps of India:
http://www.mapsofindia.com/maps/nonconventional/

Is nuclear power a viable option to meet energy needs of India?
Mahadev Swamy, The Rural Centre, KFI Varanasi
I invited 12 students from the middle school to have a discussion on the Indo-US Nuclear deal after giving them adequate reading material on the issue. The students categorically opposed the generation of nuclear energy due to its lethal implications on all life forms.

Sunita of 8th std. student said, “not only India, all the countries in the world should ban the generation of nuclear energy”.

Ankita of the same class was of the opinion that huge financial resources which would be invested in nuclear energy generation should be utilized on education, health and poverty reduction in the poor countries.

I agree with the students point of view completely. Afterall the it is rural areas that will have to bear the risks involved in generating nuclear power while the urban areas will get the electricity.

Malini Sridhar, Apeejay School, Pitampura, New Delhi
I think considering the uncertainities brought in by Climate Change in availability and dependability of renewable sources of energy like Hydel, Wind and Solar power it is better to depend upon Nuclear energy as source of electiricity in future. Of course my major concern is dumping of radioactive residue considering that India is a densely populated country.This deal will lead to creation of a new polarity in India between those who benefit from it and those who don’t.

Sheetal Bagati, Salwan Public School, Gurgaon, Haryana
Looking at the current scenario of non renewable, fossil fuel based energy sources and increasing demand for cheap energy, it is natural that India looks for Nuclear power as an alternative source of energy. Nuclear deal has attracted praises from all quarters and it is alright if some people get mileage out of getting the Nuclear deal.

Sharat Chandran, Director, Kerala Public Schools Group, Jamshedpur
As a layman it is difficult to say whether Nuclear Agreement is bad or good for India. Therefore, I have tried to look at both sides. I believe India has great potential in tapping energy from the renewable sources like biomass, water and wind. We should look at meeting our energy needs from these renewable sources more rigorously.

But considering the current energy shortage and the fact that India has very rich Thorium reserves, Nuclear energy does seem very attractive. It will be cheaper and more efficient at the same time. But then again, the US has been using nuclear technology for years now. But still there is a furious debate on how to manage the nuclear waste. Keeping in mind the greater density of population I would like to invite readers to think, how good is India in this respect?


Is your school using any alternative sources of energy?
MALINI SRIDHAR, Apeejay School, Pitampura, New Delhi
We do not have significant alternative energy sources in our school except for a solar torch and solar lantern we procured from the ministry of non-conventional energy sources.

SHEETAL BAGATI, Salwan Public School, Gurgaon, Haryana

Yes, our school is using alternate sources of energy. That is, solar energy. We have solar lights in our Science park and near the Guard room. During evenings, those lights are being used.

MAHADEV SWAMY, The Rural Centre, KFI Varanasi

At the moment, the school campus is not using any energy from renewable sources. However, the livestock farm of The Rural Centre has biogas plant with 45 cubic meters capacity. The biogas produced is used for cooking purposes.

REKHA LALLA, Salwan Public School, Old Rajinder Nagar, New Delhi

Our school has solar panel based security lighting systems in common areas to enable us to save precious electricity at night. We have bought LCD screen monitors for most of the computers in our computer lab to save electricity.

Gobar Times invites readers to share and seek information about Green Schools at
eeu@cseindia.org or write to

Environment Education Unit
Centre for Science and Environment
41, Tughlakabad Institutional Area,
New Delhi-110062
or e-mail: eeu@cseindia.org
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