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The only question is the speed of movement

The only question is the speed of movement

Alexey Kaplun

Deputy General Director for Strategy and Investments, JSC RAO Energy Systems of the East

Alexey Kaplun, Deputy General Director for Strategy and Investments, RAO Energy Systems of the East:

- RAO ES of the East confirms its course towards the integrated implementation of generation technologies from renewable energy sources in isolated regions of the Far East. This is an issue that we have been dealing with for several years. It is pleasant to realize that our program is finding more and more supporters in the regions of the Far Eastern Federal District.

We have concluded a large number of agreements with the regions - these are Kamchatka, Yakutia, Khabarovsk, Primorsky Krai. Their essence lies in the fact that the company, together with the regions, implements programs for the development of local energy, including those that were not previously under the jurisdiction of Holding RAO Energy Systems of the East. 

This is a very important aspect of our approach: in fact, it is about providing a comprehensive service to solve the problem of reliable and safe energy supply to a particular village. 

Today, in many cases, such settlements are a headache for regional authorities. We are ready, if there are appropriate economic conditions and natural potential, to undertake the reconstruction of the local energy center and, together with the regions, solve two problems in parallel. First, bring the local diesel station to a normal state. And secondly, to build a wind or solar station and debug an effective pairing - in general, the local energy center consumes the minimum amount of imported fuel (respectively, so that subsidies for local energy are minimized).

At the same time, we have already arrived at a typical scheme for working with regions and are ready to share our accumulated experience. For us, it is important that the region confirms the principles of long-term tariff setting. We understand that now there are no “long” tariffs, but we need at least to establish “rules of the game”. In the agreements, we prescribe that, yes, RECs will set tariffs every year, but on a certain principle: leaving the company the savings on fuel that it plans to receive. 

Such a principle does not contradict the law, it allows us to attract financing and implement projects, and the region, in turn, get a real return: in the long term, such modernization of the local energy sector brings significant savings to the budget.

The experience of one region for another is an example largely because in the subjects of the Far East, where we work, the situation is about the same. Huge distances, poor infrastructure, the high cost of transport, and at the same time - the presence of a good natural potential - the problems and recipes of the energy of isolated energy systems are very similar. The nuances lie only in the fact that there are regions where dialogue with the government is getting better, there are - where it is slower. There are also regions in which there is as yet no understanding regarding the development of renewable energy. However, I can confidently say: the question is only in the speed of movement, but in the direction of questions there is no, it will be as we have outlined. For us, the global task is to introduce the 120 MW solar and wind generation in the regions of the Far East to the 2020 year.

Recorded at the Investment Forum "Far East - 2014" (Petropavlovsk-Kamchatsky).

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