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The Far East remains a priority for the development of renewable energy
Market participants confirm the thesis that optimization of energy supply to isolated settlements of the Russian Far East continues to be one of the key drivers of the development of renewable energy in the country. Similar observations were made by the speakers of the IV annual conference "The Future of Renewable Energy in Russia", organized by the newspaper Vedomosti.
Against the background of attempts at state regulation of the development of the renewable energy market in Russia through a system of competitive selections and subsequent qualification (by analogy with the PDM Institute), only solar energy can receive real large-scale development in the wholesale market. Projects on wind generation and on small hydropower stations under the current regulatory framework did not interest investors. At the same time, solar and wind projects are already widely used in the isolated power systems of the Far East of Russia.
The first opinion was that it is in isolated systems that today renewable energy has all the conditions for development, said Natalya Nevmerzhitskaya, chairman of the board of NP guaranteeing suppliers and energy sales companies. Yegor Grinevich, Deputy Director of the Department for the Development of Electric Power Industry of the Ministry of Energy of Russia, also argued about a separate approach to the regulation of renewable energy projects in isolated systems. Alexey Kaplun, Deputy General Director for Strategy and Investments of JSC RAO Energy Systems of the East, began his report by announcing the signing of an agreement with Japanese partners on the construction of a helicopter in Ust-Kamchatsk. "In today's realities, this is an unprecedented act: the Japanese side is investing in the development of technologies for the conditions of Russian isolated zones in the Far East."
The representative of the energy company noted that projects on renewable energy are being implemented now in several regions of the Far Eastern Federal District: in Yakutia, Kamchatka and Sakhalin. Promising also are the sites in Primorsky Krai, Khabarovsk Krai and in Chukotka. All the announced projects (174, of which 139 solar stations and 35 wind farms) are aimed at partial replacement of diesel generation with subsequent saving of expensive imported fuel. Reduction of diesel consumption allows not only to recoup the costs of the construction of renewable energy facilities, but also to achieve significant savings for regional budgets. "Only in Kamchatka, the implementation of renewable energy projects will reduce budget subsidies in the amount of 7,3 billion rubles to 2030," said Alexei Kaplun.
EastRussia continues to monitor the development of renewable energy in the regions of the Russian Far East. The opinions of the participants of the IV annual conference "The Future of Renewable Energy in Russia" will be published in the near future.