Improving the regulatory framework for the development of distributed generation and RES
There is one segment that could provide [...] an incentive – retail microgeneration. Given that we have 140 million [people] living in our country, each of them is a potential consumer for solar modules, wind turbines, small hydroelectric power plants, etc. This audience [...] is keeping a close eye on developments and waiting for a law to be adopted that allows for the installation of small units [with capacity of] up to 15 kW — Anton Usachev, Director, Russian Solar Energy Association.
Such a draft law [allowing to install small units] exists. It has almost undergone all the endorsements [...] and has been submitted to the State Duma for the fall session [...] In principle, there are no disagreements on it. It provides for a number of innovations. The actual concepts of microgeneration are defined [...] It states that units with capacity not exceeding 15 kW do not need to be certified. There is no procedure to confirm that it is a renewable energy unit, which exists in the wholesale market [...] So we assume that the procedure will be very simple. The law also requires guaranteed suppliers to purchase this electricity if the owner’s output exceeds [...] the level of consumption. This will make it possible for people to not only install these units to cover their own consumption, but also to sell this electricity, thereby increasing its payback level and reducing it in terms of time periods — Maksim Maksimov, General Director, MiM LLC.
We are resolving the issue of the lack of stable electricity in [...] [isolated] areas [...] To solve this issue systematically, we need an adjustment to Government Resolution No. 1178 [...] which [...] regulates work on this market [...] The first adjustment [...] is that compensation from the conservation of diesel fuel should provide an investor with the opportunity to recoup investments [...] so that this compensation is not immediately taken by the government. Then there will be numerous investors in these territories [...] The second adjustment [...] is to extend the feasibility of returning investment during the payback period [...] This also applies to wind power and solar — Igor Shakhray, General Director, Hevel.
Two mechanisms that we are also planning and developing are the theme of concessions [...] which allow us to take diesel and transfer it at least for the payback period to an entity [...] that comes in with a wind turbine, solar, etc. The second issue [...], which has already been implemented, is the theme of the return. Regulatory acts have already been issued. They allow for providing investors with a return more than 12–14% in isolated areas [...] if this ultimately leads to a reduction in tariffs for consumers — Maksim Maksimov, General Director, MiM LLC.
The Federal Antimonopoly Service has already prepared a resolution on long-term tariffs [as regards distributed generation] [...] [They] will be valid and in isolated territories [...] the tariff will be fixed for each year ahead — Dmitriy Vasilyev, Head, Electrical Energy System Regulation Division, Federal Antimonopoly Service of Russia.