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IEF - 2010


The annual federal event on cooperation between the government, businesses and academics (International Energy Forum Innovations. Infrastructure. Safety) took place on December 17, 2010 in President Hotel's building of the Presidential Department for Property Management of the Russian Federation.

Its main issues were energy efficiency of the Russian economy, implementation of innovative technology in the field of Fuel and Energy Complex, search and development of alternative fuel, as well as ways of forming the efficient emergency risk response system in the field of Fuel and Energy Complex.

The Forum began with a Plenary Meeting at which greetings by B.V. Gryzlov, Chairman of the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of Russian Federation, S.I. Shmatko, RF Minister of Energy and E.M. Primakov, President of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry, for the participants and guests of the Forum were read. Also, key expert reports were sounded.

Thus, Nadezhda Vasilievna Gerasimova, Deputy Chairman of the State Duma of the Federal Assembly of Russian Federation, mentioned in her report:

- In the meeting of the Security Council, Head of the State Dmitry Anatolievich Medvedev emphasized: "Energy safety is one of the key guarantees of a country's sovereign development and has direct impact on the solution of social and economic tasks, Russia's competitiveness in global markets and growth of its international influence".

Then Yuri Petrovich Sentiurin, State Secretary/Deputy Minister of Energy of RF, made a report:

- The Russian Fuel and Energy Complex has played a key role in the post-crisis economic recovery of the Russian Federation. Its further efficient functioning ensures steady development of modernization of the Russian economy in the large.

The report by Ekaterina Vitalievna Popova, Deputy Chief of the Presidential Administration, Head of the Interdepartmental Working Group on Innovative Legislation at the Presidential Administration, Chairwoman of the Committee of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation on promoting the modernization and technological development of Russian Economy, concerned possible areas of Fuel and Energy Complex modernization. It also referred alternative energy:

- The future of the Russian economy largely depends on how efficiently we resolve the issues of technological modernization of the Fuel and Energy Complex. Obviously, it is necessary to answer two key questions: what areas of the Fuel and Energy Complex we should modernize and how to combine this modernization with the lack of investment resources. Firstly, it is obvious that we need a more efficient state policy. This block primarily includes the legislation. The Minister of Energy in his speech at the State Duma mentioned that the petroleum industry tax system elaborated by the Ministry would provide for targeted measures to make the use of poor and depleted wells efficient. Obviously, this is a very important issue and resource for Russia because we fairly well understand that up to 80% of oil will be produced in the next 10 years in traditional production locations. And we must take advantage of the entire potential existing now in traditional oil production locations as efficiently as possible.

Aleksey Aleksandrovich Kubrin, Deputy Pleinpotentionary Representative of the President of the RF in Volga Federal District, elaborated on activities and challenges in the field of energy conservation and energy performance in the Volga Federal District:

- I would like to inform you on the following: in the framework of the program and tasks set before the RF President, including implementation of Federal law No. 201-ФЗ which defines the Law and tasks from the point of view of energy security and energy conservation. The relevant bodes were founded within the District. They are the Expert Council and the Task Force which include all leading specialists and top managers of energy departments of all regions. Consequently, each region has and is implementing the energy security and energy conservation program. Roman Nikolaevich Berdnikov, Deputy Chairman of the Management Board at FSK YeES OJSC, stated:

- Federal Grid Company is a company that manages power grid facilities of 220KV and over, i.e. all grids of 20KV and over in the territory of RF are under our control, from Kaliningrad to Far East.

The speech by Tatiana Leonidovna Elfimova, Deputy Director General of the State Atomic Energy Corporation Rosatom, concerned the status and prospects for the development of the Russian nuclear industry:

- To begin with, I would like to draw your attention to the fact that the results of innovations and innovative development of the nuclear industry today cover all spheres of our life. Wherever you look you'll find our results. The main result or the main area of our operation is the development of nuclear-power engineering, whose share on the balance sheet of the Russian energy complex should grow.

The report by Sergey Nikolaevich Katyrin, Vice-President of the RF Chamber of Commerce and Industry, was called "Activities of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry to improve the efficiency of the Russian economy".

- Energy is the industry which establishes prices for all areas to a large extent. If somewhere the price per kW/h rose by a ruble, each step of a product's lifecycle will grow in price, you see. At the plant they increased it at once, as the price per kW/h had risen. Then the warehouse, transportation, recycling etc. Almost every area of the fuel and energy complex influences our life. These include production of heat which all of us use, light produced by light bulbs etc. That's why we at the Chamber of Commerce and Industry are trying to regard the problems of the fuel and energy complex, its development and innovations from the point of view of all industries. We have 34 committees working for us. I can tell you that in everyday life almost all of them in one way or another are discussing these problems. Naturally, all of the committees hold an interest in the dynamic and efficient development of this complex.

Then, the floor was given to Alexei Viktorovich Konev, Deputy Director General for Innovation and Management System of the Russian Energy Agency:

- Today I am going to speak on two issues referring to the formation of the required infrastructure and management system. We are convinced that one can speak about the implementation of new technology and whether or not they will be effective. However, if there are no people who can do it and there is no relevant infrastructure clearly motivated to set and achieve concrete goals, it's going to be very difficult to do it.

Vsevolod Valerianovich Gavrilov, Head of the Savings Bank of Russia Directorate for Energy and Natural Resource Project Management, made a report on Funding energy efficiency projects. Prospects and risks:

- It's now obvious to everyone that current development of the society and economy, as well as trends, are inspiring the efficient energy use and energy conservation. The activities implemented by the RF President, the Federal Meeting, RF government, and federal authorities over the last few years are all aimed at stimulating normal and natural self-organized processes all of us encounter.

The speech by Oleg Vasilievich Troven, Vice-President of ROSGOSSTRAKH LLC, concerned innovations in insurance:

- Insurance has become ingrained in our lives. That's why it's hard to imagine living without it. It is especially true for the industry so large as Fuel and Energy Complex.

Also, in the framework of the International Energy Forum, a number of industry meetings were held.

The Joint Session of the Interdepartmental Working Group on innovative legislation at the Presidential Administration of the Russian Federation and RF CCI Committee for Promoting Modernization and Technological Development of the Russian Economy on Housing Complex Modernization. Alternative Energy Forms was moderated by E.V. Popova.

The Joint Session of the United Russia Working Group for the Project "Ensuring safety at the time of implementation of large infrastructure and economic projects and the RUIE Committee for Energy Policy and Energy Conservation on Technological modernization as a tool of enhancing safety of infrastructure projects was moderated by N.V. Gerasimova.

The round-table conference on Prospects for the development of the nuclear industry of Russia was held by T.L. Elfimova.

The round-table conference on Development Strategy of Oil and Gas Service and Machinery Engineering was moderated by G.I. Shmal, President of Russia's Union of Oil & Gas Producers.

The outcome of the II International Energy Forum Innovations. Infrastructure. Safety was the adopted draft resolution to be submitted to the RF Presidential Administration, executive and government bodies of the Russian Federation and RF federal subjects as recommendations after being complemented with the proposals by the Forum participants.

IEF 2011

The III International Energy Forum Innovations. Infrastructure. Safety took place on December 20, 2011 in President Hotel, Moscow.

The Forum began with a Plenary Meeting on Fuel and Energy Complex. Modernization and Innovative Development moderated by Ekaterina Popova, Deputy Chief of the Presidential Administration, Head of the Interdepartmental Working Group on Innovative Legislation at the Presidential Administration, Chairwoman of the Committee of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation on promoting the modernization and technological development of Russian Economy.

Yury Petrovich Sentiurin, State Secretary/Deputy Minister of Energy of RF, in his report expanded on the prospects for the implementation of alternative energy sources in different regions of the country. He emphasized that, according to the International Energy Agency, despite the global financial and economic crisis, the Fukushima nuclear accident and numerous natural calamities, global demand for energy resources has grown 5%.

Under these circumstances, the steadiness of energy supplies to the global market remains the key task. The role of the Russian Federation as one of the basic fuel exporters is growing. At the same time, many countries begin to use wind, solar and biomass energy to reduce dependence on traditional energy sources. Russia is trying to catch up with the global trends by setting a goal to increase the share of renewable energy sources (RER) in the fuel and energy balance plan from current 1.5% to 4% by 2020.

Russia and the whole world begin to understand that over time oil might remain an industrial raw material, but lose its importance as energy resource. Therefore the priority should be the searach of alternative energy sources. Such source for Russia should primarily be water resources.

Russia has powerful hydropower generation companies. We are second best in the world by water resources, however their development is only 19%. 40 hydroelectric powerplants operate in the country and generate 66bn kW/h a year. However, we hardly ever use wind or solar energy for they are too expensive. "The Ministry of Energy has prepared a set of documents on promoting RER development, said Yu. Sentiurin. One of RER development stimulation measures is subsidy assistance and compensation of costs of technological connection to RER sources up to 25MW. In addition, the Ministry of Energy has completed the preparation of the state program Energy Efficiency Development When Using RER.

Alexander Bedritsky, Special Envoy of the President of Russia for climate affairs, addresses on the problems of power industry under the conditions of climate change. According to the World Meteorological Office (MWO), the content of greenhouse gases in the world has become incredibly high. The cause is deforestation and industrial activity. Fuel and Energy Complex industries are dominating by the volume of emissions. Russia is fulfilling its obligations on greenhouse gas reduction. СО2 emissions have reduced in all industries of our country, however they are too small compared to GDP growth.

By the way, the reduction of СО2 emissions is mainly due to the EIT countries. Further on, this reduction will depend on energy efficiency and each country's economic structure. Russia has a goal to reduce greenhouse gas emissions by 15-25% by 2020 due to restructuring energy consumption in favor of non-fuel energy sources, energy performance and use of new technology.

This being said, Russia like many other countries (Japan, Canada) has refused extending the Kyoto Protocol in the framework of the old scheme. When making this decision we were driven by the fact that the Kyoto Protocol has restrictions for certain countries. For example, Kazakhstan was unable to join it, Belorussia can’t take advantage of the amendments thereto.

Alexandr Zakharov, Vice-President of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation, drew attention of the Forum participants to Russia's internal problems in the field of electric power industry by starting with the growth of electricity rates and dictation of energy companies in service sector. This oppresses economic activity in the country, the speaker emphasized. And if this situation does not change in the months to come, the price of electric energy in RF for end consumers will be higher than in the USA, Finland and Spain by 2014.

In this connection, the Chamber of Commerce and Industry prepared a number of proposals on pricing in electric power industry. In particular, it is proposed to take measures aimed at ceasing cross-subsidies, refuse annual indexation of electricity rates, and abandon sales of two products in the wholesale market – electric energy. Industrial companies should be allowed to build own power plants and excessive energy should be supplied to the wholesale market. It was proposed to introduce benefits for energy efficient equipment with regard to property tax and adopt a federal target-oriented program on the development of low-power and medium power energy.

Energy is our living base, it determines economic development of any country, said Evgeniy Velikhov, Director of Kurchatov Institute, Member of the Russian Academy of Sciences. In addition, it determines the occurrence of crises. There is a critical value of gross expenses for energy purposes. And when the share of these expenses reaches 10%, a crisis comes. Certainly, there are a lot of other causes – political, speculative etc., but the main is still energy-related. Humanity can't spend more than 10% of money for energy. Today we are just at about 10%. The whole world is trying not to exceed this barrier. Against this background, smooth forecasts of different agencies about overcoming the crisis in the near future look unnatural. Nothing smooth is unfortunately expected.

Besides, the following people took floor at the Plenary Meeting of the 3rd International Energy Forum: Svetlana Yurmanova, Director of the Department of State Policy and Regulation in the field of Environmental Protection and Safety of the Ministry of Natural Resources and Ecology of the Russian Federation with her report on Key Areas of Improving the Legislation on Enhancing Energy Efficiency in Russia, Sergey Korkin, CEO of SAS-Servis LLC with his report on Prospects of the Industrial Cluster of Central Sakhalin, and Galina Fomina, Vice-President of Alfa-Bank with her report on Funding Regional Energy Performance Projects.

Specialized sections were held in the framework of the Forum.

The section Problems and Prospects for Development of the Nuclear-Power Engineering and Alternative Energy Sources was moderated by Ekaterina Popova, Deputy Chief of the Presidential Administration, Head of the Interdepartmental Working Group on Innovative Legislation at the Presidential Administration, Chairwoman of the Committee of the Chamber of Commerce and Industry of the Russian Federation on promoting the modernization and technological development of Russian Economy.

The section Energy Efficiency of Russian Economy is the answer to technological challenges of the 21st century was moderated by Anton Popov, Deputy Director General of FSBI Russian Energy Agency.

The section From resource model to sustainable use of natural resources. The mechanisms of taking advantage of the benefits of the "raw material producing country" for modernization and innovative development of the country was moderated by Gennadiy Shmal, President of Russia's Union of Oil & Gas Producers.

All proposals on key items of the agenda received from the participants of the event will be included in the Resolution of the International Energy Forum, which will be sent to dedicated Ministries of RF Government and State Duma Committees as recommendations for making the relevant decisions.

 

 


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