Russia is Developing a Smart Energy System

15 november 2016

“We’re beginning to implement a ‘road map’ to develop a national smart energy system in Russia and today it is important to hear all the opinions on this issue,” said Deputy Director of the State Energy Policy Department of the Russian Ministry of Energy Alexander Mitreikin at a round table titled Smart Energy System for Russia, which was held at the Analytical Center. Experts discussed the key assumptions of the concept for the implementation of the national project Smart Energy System of Russia and considered the current state of the energy sector, the challenges it is facing and the drivers that may prompt the transition to a smart energy system.

In his presentation, Mr. Mitreikin identified 3 key documents aimed at promoting the development of a smart energy system in Russia: the concept for the implementation of the national project Smart Energy System of Russia, drafted in accordance with the Russian President’s instruction No. Pr-2533 dated October 28, 2014, the EnergyNet ‘road map’ of the National Technology Initiative and the Russian Government’s Instruction No. 1217-r dated July 3, 2014 ‘On the Approval of an Action Plan to Introduce Innovative Technologies and Modern Materials in the Fuel and Energy Sector for the period until 2018’.

‘Russia does not yet have clear goals regarding smart energy and the state does not have a clear position regarding the program and mechanisms for the implementation of the smart energy project. “In the meantime, practically every other country in the world has a national strategic document to promote smart energy,” said Aleksey Konev, Director for Innovations at the Russian Energy Agency of the Ministry for Energy of Russia. In his opinion, the smart energy field lacks generally accepted definitions and terminology, there is no unifying vision or generally accepted development priorities, the role and positon of key energy infrastructure organizations remain undefined while the wide range of state programs, national projects and initiatives lack overall coordination. Mr. Konev is sure that in order for the sector to develop a single strategic document is needed, which would define the development priorities for smart energy in Russia as well as state policy priorities and mechanisms for its implementation. “The creation of the Smart Energy National Project Road Map should solve all these problems,” the expert believes. “It’s a comprehensive initiative spanning several industries and consisting of a whole set of interrelated subprograms, projects and comprehensive solutions aimed at creating a completely new type of energy system in Russia.” Mr. Konev also believes that it is important to understand that the energy sector’s principal job is to meet the demand of energy consumers rather than to collect money from customers to ensure its own survival.

Discussion participants agreed that regular monitoring is needed to keep track of the implementation of the ‘road map’ for the transition to smart energy. For that purpose, as well as to bring together all the participants in the process, a coordination center for the development of smart energy in Russia should be established.

The event was organized by the Analytical Center of the Government of the Russian Federation in conjunction with the Ministry of Energy of Russia.