“Energy conservation must be viewed not as a set of measures but as an industrial policy,” said Sergey Ledovsky, the CEO of NPO Karat at a round table organized by the Analytical Center to discuss ways to improve energy conservation mechanisms and improve energy efficiency. During the round table the participants discussed preparation of methodological recommendations for calculating the energy and economic effect of energy conservation measures. Recommendations like this have been a long time coming and the experts were talking about the draft document prepared by the Analytical Center, making special mention of its importance.
Dmitry Khomchenko, an adviser to the Department for Sectors of Economy of the Analytical Center, made a presentation on the implementation of the Action Plan for Better Public Regulation of Energy Services. “Most of the targets included in the plan have already been achieved while the others are being worked on (for example, amendments to the Housing Code having to do with power utilities),” the expert explained, “but in any case all the measures that are being implemented as part of the plan reduce the barriers that hold back the development of energy services.” Integrating the plan into day-to-day business activities is sure to improve the results of the poll the Analytical Center conducts every six months, Mr. Khomchenko noted.
The methodological recommendations for assessing the energy and economic effect of the energy conservation measures were presented by Evgeny Gasho, an adviser to the Analytical Center's Department for Expert Analyses. “There is nothing revolutionary about the methodology but it meets the demand we now have for something fundamental in this area, something that everybody can use, and the government supports the document in this respect,” said Vitaly Kovalchuk, an assistant with the Department of Industry and Infrastructure in the Administration of the Russian Government. The experts also noted that the energy studies conducted in 2010-2013 showed it was a very important area and the authors of the methodology assumed a heavy but inescapable load.
The expert confirmed the importance of the methodology and made proposals about how the document could be improved upon, especially with regards to the terminology used as well as the introduction and the economics section. Evgeny Gasho told those present that a new version taking into account the experts’ recommendations will be presented for discussion in the near future.