Distributed energy allows for flexible planning of the future of the energy system

21 september 2017

"We are for the reasonable combination of centralized and distributive generation, which requires a proper integration into the process, introduction of balancing mechanisms and development of competition in the area of energy production," said Pavel Snikkars, Director of the Department of Power Engineering Development of the Ministry of Energy of Russia, at the roundtable discussion "Features of Distributed Energy Generation Development in Russia" that has been held today in the Analytical Center.

"The transition from a centralized power system to a distributed network intellectual power engineering is the main long-term vector of changing the global energy structure," says Olga Novoselova, Director General of Non-Profit Partnership Distributed Power Engineering. The need for a transition to a new technological paradigm for the development of energy sector in Russia is due to the exhaustion of the potential effectiveness of centralized systems. "The growth of the tariff for electricity leads to the development of distributed generation and the withdrawal of consumers from centralized supply to proprietary generation," the expert said. "At the same time, the development of distributed energy has been consciously taken up by consumers and energy companies, but it has not yet become a state energy policy in Russia."

Ms. Novoselova suggested several proposals on improving the state regulation in distributed energy. "It is important to approve the terminology base and consolidate it at the legislative level, to introduce state support measures for the construction of boiler houses with the obligation to elaborate the possibilities for introducing cogeneration equipment, and to develop rules and procedures of pricing for distributed energy facilities," the expert said. The expert believes that it is also necessary to create an intellectual system of state management of energy development based on qualitative statistics, analytics and regular forecasts.

Aleksey Khokhlov, the Head of the "Power Engineering" area at the energy center of the Moscow School of Management of Skolkovo, believes that distributed energy allows for more flexible planning of the future of the energy system. "Development of this area requires determining the significance of the distributed energy in the development of Russia's electric power industry and removing barriers and restrictions on the way of creating and operating distributed power facilities," the expert said. He also believes that it is important to support the emergence of a new type of subjects capable of implementing complex projects of distributed generation "on a turn-key basis" with the involvement of financing and the provision of services for subsequent operation.

Participants of the discussion considered new technologies and import substitution of equipment for distributed generation.