ISSN (Print) - 0012-9976 | ISSN (Online) - 2349-8846
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An Analysis of Maharashtra's Power Situation

This paper analyses Maharashtra's data on demand, supply and load shedding. The trends in the hourly load variation and seasonal variation of average energy and peak shortages in Maharashtra (2005-07) are analysed and used to make short-term projections and recommendations. The projected average energy and peak shortages in the state for 2007-08 are 2,600 MW and 4,500 MW, respectively. Demand side management and captive generation can be used to reduce the quantum of load shedding. The possible impact of augmenting generation from installed captive capacity and a few DSM options like efficiency for residential lighting and solar water heaters has been quantified. It is estimated that the average energy and peak shortage for 2007-08 can be reduced to 680 MW and 2,000 MW using these selected options.

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