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Energy minister: Maha on top in renewable energy

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Energy minister Chandrashekhar Bawankule on Friday told the legislative council that Maharashtra was the leading state in renewable energy sector with 7,500MW installed capacity.

"We are promoting all types of renewable energy — solar, wind, bagasse, etc," he said. He was replying to a question on load shedding.

The minister further said that the state's target of installing 14,400MW renewable energy would be achieved by December 2019. "Other than this, we have decided to provide solar power to farmers having total capacity of 10,000MW. This will, however, take some time," he added.

The state government has done planning for meeting the energy needs of Maharashtra till 2021. "We have plans to add 25,000MW solar capacity after 2021. The rate of solar power has reduced from Rs18 per unit a few years to Rs2.98 per unit presently," Bawankule said.

The minister assured that there would be no load shedding during the summer of 2018. "Ideally, the coal stock in a thermal power plant should meet its requirement for 22 days. At present, our plants have six days' stock. But we will increase it to desired level before onset of summer," he said.

MLC Jayant Patil said that many power plants in the state needed imported coal for better performance but the state government was not supplying it. Bawankule said, "The central government has advised against import of coal because there is enough domestic coal. However, if centre permits we will supply more imported coal to Mahagenco plants."

MLC Neelam Gorhe said that due to poor planning, the state faced load shedding every year and then purchased costly power on short term to meet the shortage. Refuting this, the minister said, "In the past three years, load shedding has been done only for a few days. Power was purchased at an average rate of Rs3.94 per unit and this is not costly."

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  • News Section: Other Renewable Energy
  • Month: December
  • Year: 2017
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