The bill amending the Federal Law 'On heat supply system' and a number of other regulations finally passed the first reading in the State Duma on December 16. However, the market players did not rejoice at this long awaited news, on the contrary, they got upset over it: many experts point out that while the original version of the bill made at least some sense, the version that finally got approved by the State Duma not only stops the reform but actually takes a big step back.
It Is Important to Identify Problems with Existing Heat Supply System
Nevertheless, the situation in the thermal energy sector is changing: at the moment this is only happening in isolated cities or even microregions, but the process has actually been in train. The heat supply schemes have already been approved even though not all of them were done professionally and some fail to meet the requirements of the market and imperatives of our time. As Evgeny Gasho, expert with the Analytical Center, notes, the most important thing when developing new heat supply schemes is to identify the problems with the existing heat supply system. But that was only achieved in 10-15% of the cases. “The next task is to identify the reserves that can help solve these problems and move forward. We have already got some positive examples, including in the Urals: Chelyabinsk, Yekaterinburg, Perm and a number of smaller cities,” the analyst accounts.
By the way, experts note that many towns and cities that have had their heat supply systems decentralized, have now started recentralizing them after analyzing the results of the decentralization.
Source: Rossiyskaya Gazeta (Urals Federal District)