Stable consumption, new partners and human resources are needed to foster innovation in the Russian fuel and energy sector
We need to look for... partners and production of those components we depend on in friendly countries instead of unfriendly ones. <...> For friendship to be permanent, we must always keep some key technology on which our partner will depend, and thereby retain those friendships that allow us to retain technological sovereignty — Elena Medvedeva, Director of Operational Control and Management Fuel and Energy Complex Department, Ministry of Energy of the Russian Federation.
We need to understand what we have in industry and find the real potential to know what we can produce and to avoid going around asking whether we can produce it or not — Roman Berdnikov, First Deputy General Director, Member of the Management Board, RusHydro.
Innovation must consist of several parts. <...> First and foremost is the foundation. We need a foundation for innovation. If we are talking about the electricity sector, as I see it, the most important foundation in the electricity sector is stable consumption. <...> We have no choice, as electric utilities, except not just to forecast demand, but probably to create and drive the points of new consumption. The traditional sectors of the economy are facing very serious sanction pressure, very serious problems with sales. <...> It is necessary to look at promising new industries and create conditions for them and attract them. <...> The drivers of innovation are people. <...> We need to develop the prestige of the engineering profession. <...> It is necessary that people want to go into the energy sector. We need to invent and motivate young people. <...> We are not talking about multibillion-dollar support. The economy is big. If we used to say that there is a global world, competition for minds, now the competition between regions and industries begins — Mikhail Khardikov, Head of Energy Business, En+ Group; General Director, Eurosibenergo.