Volume No. 5 Issue No.: 3A Page No.: 727-731 January-March 2011

 

INVESTIGATING THE NEED FOR INSTALLING POWER GENERATION UNITS THROUGH THE ANALYSIS OF ELECTRICITY DEMAND AND SUPPLY IN MAURITIUS

 

B. Y. R. Surnam

Mechanical and Production Engineering Department, University of Mauritius, Reduit (Mauritius)

 

Received on : October 24, 2010

 

ABSTRACT

 

Power generation in Mauritius has been in the limelight in the recent years. This is mostly due to the rise in the price of petroleum products, the need to use renewable energy and the avaibility of bagasse for use in electricity generation. Several studies have therefore been performed on the trends in the electrical power demand in Mauritius and the use of different types of renewable energy sources (the most common one being bagasse) in power generation. This paper analyses the trend in the supply and demand of electricity in Mauritius with respect to the installation of power generation units in the power plants. Data from the 1970s was used for this purpose. A trend in the supply-demand ratio was observed to synchronise with the installation of power generating units in the power plants. As a result, this demand relationship was, used to forecast for the need of installing power generating units in the medium term and was compared with the Long-Term Energy Strategy of the Government. It was concluded that there is even a greater opportunity for the use of renewable energy in power generation in Mauritius (in the medium term) than expected.

 

Keywords : Electricity, Supply-demand, Renewable energy, Forecast, Powerplants

 

 

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