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Bioenergy has most potential in Russia

2 May '12
Among all kinds of renewable energy in Russia bioenergy has the most potential, Timur Ivanov, the CEO of the Russian Energy Agency, announced at the conference, as cited by the news agency Cleandex.

Almost 1 billion tons of organic waste, including agricultural waste, that can be used as fuel for production of electrical energy and heat, is formed annually in the country.

Unlike solar or wind energy, bioenergy is likely to receive powerful support and great development. According to Ivan Grachev, the head of the Energy Committee of the State Duma of Russian Federation, alternative energy issues require differentiated approach. Not all professionals agree with me but I believe that neither solar energy, nor wind energy, have significant industrial potential, just because the initial energy flow is very little and cant be concentrated cost-efficiently, he explained. He believes it would be reasonable to switch from universal support of solar and wind energy towards its development on certain territories, where it is in major demand.

The Russian Energy Agency, too, prioritizes bioenergy. The move is expected to help agricultural complex, as technologies would enable farmers to utilize huge amounts of organic waste and lower energy tariffs.

Several international financial institutes also support development of alternative energy sources in Russia. In late May the Russian Energy Agency will start a joint project with the International Financial Corporation. The parties will soon launch an information portal with a map of Russia, displaying potential of all kinds of renewable energy sources. The map will list types of projects, potential partners, technological solutions and investors.

According to experts, renewable energy in Russia is not alternative, as it provides less than 1% in the energy balance. Under the ambitious energy strategy, its share will be brought up to 4.5%.
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