Sunday, July 7, 2013

Medvedev: More renewable energy in Russia

Russia’s prime minister, Dmitry Medvedev, is looking to give concrete input into the development of the renewable energy sources sector. In fact, he signed a resolution favoring its position and launched it as a sign of personal trust in clean energy sources. Medvedev’s message represents a demonstration to the world about Russia’s willingness to engage in environmental issues in a more concrete manner and it’s an exhortation to the Russian people to trust his vision of the future that sees the way in renewable energy to reinforce Russia’s position on the global energy scene.
The prime minister’s commitment
Medvedev has long been one of the most frequent visitors at United Nations climate change negotiations and its recent efforts in national campaigns favoring Russia’s ecological modernization making him the government’s most authoritative exponent to discuss environmental issues.
According to the prime minister, presently, the use of green energy sources is very far from what is the country’s real potential. Russia, particularly in the areas of southern regions, has for example, a level of solar exposure that can be compared to leading countries in the photovoltaic field (such as Germany and Italy). The abundance of hydrocarbons has, thus far, hampered renewable energy use. But now, Russia, not to be outdone by other countries, in which the leaders are doing their utmost to change the approach to green energy issue, is changing its attitude.
The Russian Resolution
At a meeting in mid-April, Deputy Prime Minister Arkady Dvorkovich presented a report to Medvedev on the state of the national renewable energy incentive that prompted the prime minister to sign a focused resolution. The document, which allows a notable increase in solar, wind and hydroelectric power, was prepared directly on Medvedev’s behalf and was signed at the end of May. The provisions contained stimulate the market, partly offsetting the costs of plant construction in such a way as to make the commitment profitable right now.
Today, in Russia, there is a commitment from a forward-looking prime minister who created the conditions for implementing the best and most cost-effective ‘green’ change. Now, it is necessary that it implements an even stronger collective renewal attitude in the country, so it realizes the new potential offered by the territory and the reliability of renewable resources, compared to gas and oil. In short, Russia’s future seems to be tinted with green.