Indian state of Maharashtra says no to new thermal power plants, pushes renewables

first_img FacebookTwitterLinkedInEmailPrint分享 minister Nitin Raut has announced that no more thermal power generation units would be set up in [Maharashtra] as there is a huge gap between supply and demand due to the coronavirus pandemic-induced recession.Maharashtra State Electricity Distribution Company Limited (MSEDCL) has signed power purchase agreements (PPAs) for 35,000MW, but is purchasing only 14,500MW due to low demand.Maharashtra Electricity Regulatory Commission (MERC) has set a target for MSEDCL of meeting 25% of its demand from renewable sources in next five years. Hence, the government has decided to promote renewable energy only.Civil supplies minister Chhagan Bhujbal and MLAs of Deolali, Igatpuri and Amalner had met Raut urging him to replace the old units in Nashik thermal power station by a new unit of 660MW. The energy minister turned down this demand.Earlier, deputy chief minister Ajit Pawar had rejected proposal to set up two new 660MW units at Koradi. He had told Raut to set up solar power plants instead as it is cheaper. Raut then chalked out plans to set up several solar power plants in the state in three phases.Raut told Bhujbal that power demand had gone done by 33% and several thermal units were lying idle. However, MSEDCL had to pay fixed charges to the generation companies for these units, which was a huge burden on power consumers. He further said the generation cost of old units was very high and hence MSEDCL could not purchase power generated by these units under merit order dispatch (MOD) regime. Same was the case with new units as capital cost was very high. So, it was not possible to set up a new unit at Nashik, he said.[Ashish Roy]More: Maharashtra: No new thermal power units in state, says Raut Indian state of Maharashtra says no to new thermal power plants, pushes renewableslast_img read more

A surprise Chelsea player is proving the star of Fantasy Football

first_imgIf you selected Chelsea players in your Fantasy Football team, then well played!While Liverpool seem to be the team on everyone’s lips, the Blues have quietly gone about their business and boast a perfect record so far this season. Marcos Alonso has been one of Chelsea’s most influential players so far this term 1center_img They’ve netted eight goals in just three Premier League games under new boss Maurizio Sarri and sit second in the table, behind the Merseyside club.You’d therefore be forgiven for thinking their key man has been a striker or midfielder.But you’d be wrong as it’s actually a defender: step forward, Marcos Alonso.The marauding full-back is the joint-highest scorer on Dream Team, level with Sergio Aguero and Sadio Mane on 31 points.He’s bagged 3pts in each of his games for a 7+ WhoScored.Com rating and also earned a 5pts Star Man bonus for his winner against Arsenal.Alonso also assisted the winner against Newcastle on Sunday and with Bournemouth, Cardiff and West Ham up next for Chelsea, can continue to make his mark going forward, as well as at the back.The Spaniard has only been selected by 16.5% of Dream Team managers, which suggests he being under-selected when compared with Aguero (44.4%) and Mane (39.9%).He is priced cheaper than his fellow high scorers, at just £4.5m.last_img read more