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Renewables in Russia

From Opportunities to Reality

Renewables in Russia by Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development
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Russia is rich not only in oil, gas and coal, but also in wind, hydro, geothermal, biomass and solar energy – the resources of renewable energy. However, fossil fuels dominate Russia’s current energy mix, while its abundant and diverse renewable energy resources play little role. What are the near- and medium-term opportunities for renewables in Russia? What preconditions are necessary to draw renewables into the energy mix to complement Russia’s other ample energy resources?

Russia’s renewables can cost-effectively provide energy services where conventional forms are expensive.  Whether it is geothermal resources in the Far East or North Caucasus, bioenergy resources from the vast territories, or hydro from the many watersheds, established renewable technologies can cost effectively supplement energy from fossil fuels. At the same time, new renewables such as wind and solar energy can serve remote populations and in the right circumstances, provide energy at competitive prices on the grid. 

This report demonstrates that renewable energy can offer a real means to address some of Russia’s energy and economic challenges. It identifies the first steps toward creating a Russian renewables market and will contribute to a better understanding by both Russian and international industry, of the potential for profitable renewables projects, and the incentive to start undertake them.

Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development; January 2003
120 pages; ISBN 9789264105454
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Title: Renewables in Russia
Author: Organisation for Economic Co-operation and Development