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For the regions of the Far Eastern district, there is a need to modernize small-scale energy facilities in remote and isolated areas from the energy system. This was announced by Russian Minister of economic development Maxim Reshetnikov during a working visit to Blagoveshchensk as part of a delegation headed by Russian Prime Minister Mikhail Mishustin.
Maxim Reshetnikov believes that it is necessary to accelerate the implementation of the plan to improve the efficiency of small-scale generation, which was approved by the Government last year, and is being implemented by RusHydro together with the regions and municipalities. The plan describes the mechanisms for attracting investment and the plan for conducting pilot projects. According to the Minister, to speed it (plan) implementation up, regions need to offer attractive conditions for investors.
"In the Far East, it is important to focus the available resources in the form of tariff fees, budget subsidies and surcharges from the wholesale electricity market price zones to launch and implement as quickly as possible the program for modernizing energy supply facilities in conjunction with gasification and the development of the forest industry," the Minister said.
There are 250 small-scale energy facilities in remote and isolated territories in the Far East, of which 80% were built in Soviet times. The actual cost of such stations is from 20 to 80, and in some cases more than 80 rubles/kWh – that is, 16 times higher than the national average. In this regard, in many isolated territories, the difference in tariffs is subsidized to prevent the growth of final payments for citizens.
According to the Ministry of Economic Development, up to 10 billion (30%) of the total amount of the far Eastern tariff electricity subsidy is used to compensate for the high cost of the resource. This is a great investment potential that allows making the modernization of small-scale energy attractive for investment.