EU to help develop renewable energy projects in Russia

Publish date: October 9, 2008

The European Union has announced intentions for a project to implement sources of renewable energy in the Russian Regions of Nizhny Novgorod, Astrakhan and Krasnodar.

The Nizhny Novgorod region aleady has experience using renewable energy at the Ichalov Hydro Electric plant in the Perevosky district, and with wind power installations in Kstovsky district. Nizhny Novgorod also produces bio-gas from agricultural waste. The Region is even home to the commercial Mestprom scientific research institute, which develops and builds vertically-integrated rotor based wind power installations, the Nizhny Novgorod news agency reported.

At an expanded roundtable meeting on the topic of renewable energy, Nizhny Novgorod deputy governor for construction and energy, Valery Anglichaninov said: “Unfortunately, in the Nizhny Novgorod region, as in all of Russia, renewable energy is still not actively used.”

“To a large degree, this is he result of a lack of basic procedures and government aid for the realisation of these projects, without which they, as a rule, have a long rate of return,” he said.

He noted that the Nizhny Novgorod government is expecting serious development in the use of renewables in the region. Representatives of the European Union’s TACIS programme on renewable energy sources and reconstruction of low-power Hydro-Electric plants were present at the roundtable discussion. The TACIS project covers cooperation and coordination of development of normative acts aims at realising investment projects in renewable energy.

In September, Russia’s Energy Ministry and the government of the Nizhny Novgorod Region signed a cooperation agreement on increased efficiency in fuel use, energy resource management and renewable energy.