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Water and Energy International
Year : 2016, Volume : 59r, Issue : 7
First page : ( 52) Last page : ( 58)
Print ISSN : 0974-4207. Online ISSN : 0974-4711.

Water Needs for Energy Generation - Maharashtra

Kulkarni D.S.

Managing Director, Wat-ere-source Technologies P Limited, Pune

Online published on 21 November, 2016.


Water is available in finite form. State of Maharashtra Continues to remain a progressive state with all round developments in all sectors. Existing installed power generation capacity of approx. 28000 MW can reach to 97,000 MW by 2030. This is increasing the burden on allocation of water for non irrigation use. Water is a lifeline. Energy is a prime mover for developmental activities. Maharashtra though has abundant water resources also has constraints in use of water due to allocation of restricted water use by Tribunal awards especially Krishna and Godavari basin. It is important to understand the scenario of existing as well as future water needs for energy generation. There is an adverse impact due to climate changes on the rainfall pattern and hence water availability at basin and sub-baisn levels. Available water resources are in stressed condition and there is continued demand by new projects in various sectors including power sector. Estimates show a projected demand of power supply of approx.75000MW by 2030 in Maharashtra. The forecasts show water requirement for potential power generation of approx. 4200Mm3 by 2030 and supply of this water would be heculian task. The conservative estimates show upon completion of estimated potential projects, can generate approx.560000MUS energy by 2030.


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