Green energy will help reduce the cost of supplying energy to remote and isolated regions in the Far East
Currently, the only available source of energy in isolated areas is diesel generation. Price is again a relative issue, and is mainly affected by the cost of transporting this fuel to the places it is needed. So, the success enjoyed by RusHydro in combining diesel with wind and solar installations – thereby reducing use of this fuel – is most interesting, and something that should be done as we move forward — Pavel Snikkars, Deputy Minister of Energy of the Russian Federation.
We had the aim of reducing the amount of fuel brought in. Around RUB 5 billion is needed annually on diesel fuel alone in order to meet the needs of the Sakha Republic – that’s 143 isolated settlements — Roman Berdnikov, First Deputy General Director, Member of the Management Board, RusHydro.
We have four municipal districts in the decentralized energy supply zone. Every year, Primorye Territory spends about [RUB – ed.] 400 million of its budget on subsidizing tariffs for consumers. In fact, we are now approaching 500 million. <...> Yes, we don’t come under the Northern Delivery programme, which is a big plus, but still, the logistics are tough, and fuel costs are constantly rising — Elena Parkhomenko, Deputy Chairman of the Government of the Primorsky Territory.
The first two settlements where we launched our initiative are so far showing results. There’s around a 30–50% saving on fuel. <...> I don’t want to jinx things, but we are even a bit ahead of our plan to cut the volume of transported fuel — Roman Berdnikov, First Deputy General Director, Member of the Management Board, RusHydro.
We are currently looking into building a wind farm [in the Far East – ed.] and expect to reach an installed capacity of up to 30 megawatts, with the site being commissioned no later than 2027. <...> We believe that this will not only address environmental issues, but... also eliminate issues related to poor infrastructure development and reduce consumption of expensive diesel fuel — Viktor Svistunov, Deputy Director General, Technical and Regulatory Development, NovaWind.