The depleting sources
of fossil fuels, sharp increase in power tariffs to industrialists
due to heavy subsidies to Agriculture, very high T&D losses,
decrease in reliability of power required, leads one to think of
the alternative soco-economic, efficient, environment friendly and
reliable sources of energies.
The Power crises in Maharashtra
is increasing day by day with a peak demand shortfall of 2000 MW.
Maharashtra is having a total installed capacity of 15085 MW (Including
Central sector share) of centralized power plants and 623 MW of
decentralized non-conventional power plants. Still there is a large
potential in the non-conventional energy sources sector which can
be tapped, out of which biomass is one of the major sources of energy.
Maharashtra is having agricultural / agro -industrial surplus biomass
with a potential of about 781 MW distributed through the state.
This distributed potential can be harnessed to meet increasing power
demand and to improve the techno-economic scenario.
Power from Urban and industrial
|Waste generation due to domestic, commercial and industrial
activities is not a new thing. It was not considered a problem
just a few centuries ago since it was manageable. The post
industrial revolution era saw rapid urbanization and industrialization
resulting in large-scale waste generation concentrated at
certain urban centers. |
Power from Municipal Solid Waste:
Recent technological advances have proven that waste-to-energy
projects are commercially viable. The national potential of power
from waste has been assessed to be 1700 MW which is likely to
be increased to 2500 MW by the end of tenth five-year plan. In
Maharashtra, the potential is estimated to be more than 100 MW.