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Old 09-28-2017, 10:07 AM   #1 (permalink)
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India farmers say no to 24-hour power

We worry about not being able to charge our EVs. What if we couldn't charge them because we didn't have enough water?
Farmers, in the south of India, are demanding that officials cut the supply of electricity to 9 hours a day. The government was going to supply electricity for 24 hours a day but farmers fear that the ground water supply will not cope. Some farmers may pump water 24 hours a day (currently they can only pump water while they have electricity), and this could exhaust their water supply. Officials have agreed to limit the supply to 12 hours a day!
Looks like a case for investing in a Powerwall!!
In a country, ripe for solar generation, it is Sods Law that they cannot make best use of it.
Scotland could swap them some of our overabundance of water for a little bit of their sunshine.
India farmers say no to 24-hour power - BBC News

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Old 09-28-2017, 11:29 AM   #2 (permalink)
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It kind of sounds like they need to regulate their water supply.
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In Texas there have been hydroelectric dams where they hydroelectric portion had been decommissioned because of lack of rain and higher water demand for drinking and irrigation.

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It kind of sounds like they need to regulate their water supply.
The whole point is they don't have a water supply to regulate. They have what little is in the ground and nothing to replace it.
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Plus you can buy it today.
Not if you are a poor India farmer you can't.
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Most farmers aren't dumb enough to replace 3 separate systems with one single fully integrated purely proprietary system anyways.
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The annual income of a farmer in Telangana is US$1200.
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Wonder why they price them selves out of the market for most of the world?

I could afford but would never buy one.
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The whole point is they don't have a water supply to regulate. They have what little is in the ground and nothing to replace it.
And this differs from the farmers in e.g. California's Central Valley, where the ground level has dropped more than 25 ft in some places due to groundwater pumping? Except that the Indian farmers seem to be smarter :-)
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The Electricity sector is governed as a relic of geographical administration by states and local bodies. This hasn't changed much over the past 15-20 years barring a few locations, despite national policies on private participation. Much of the innovation in the sector is happening through initiatives outside of this system - including programmes that the govt supports. Distributed generation through smaller plants rather than the mega projects. The latter run into all kinds of opposition - political, activist groups, land acquisition and so on.

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