Railway Wind Power
In its bid to become self reliant in energy requirements, the railways is setting up its first public-private partnership (PPP) in a windmill energy project with a capacity of 25mw and involving an investment of Rs. 250cr. The national transporter, which is setting up the project in Jaisalmer, will be calling tenders for the plant and expecting that companies such as Suzlon, GE, Siemens, Goldwind and Encore to come forward for the project. The project will be undertaken by the newly formed Railway Electricity Management Company (REMC) and elsewhere in the country it plans to generate 175MW of electricity on PPP mode in a phased manner. The newly formed REMC, a joint venture of RITES and railways, will implement the project. Land for production of 25MW of wind energy has already been identified and is expecting some of the biggest names in wind energy to participate in the bidding. The railways is targeting generation of 10% of its overall energy from renewable sources by 2020.

According to officials sources, in the 12th five-year plan the railways is expecting private investment of Rs. 6,000cr in its energy projects, including thermal, gas, wind and solar plants. It currently uses about 4,000MW of power to operate its network. This is expected to rise by another 1,000MW in next four years time. All its requirements are sourced from state-owned power distribution companies. The aim is to reduce railways' energy dependence from outside sources by developing large scale in-house capabilities that would also help in reducing the overall energy bill from current levels of Rs. 8,700cr per annum.