Modernizing the Heating System is Not the Same as Raising Heating Rates

18 april 2016

“At this stage it is important to adjust the state energy conservation policy in industry as well as in the housing and communal services by utilizing new approaches and regulation based on the best available technologies,” said the Analytical Center's expert Evgeny Gasho at a plenary meeting of the annual Energy Efficiency Technologies forum. The forum, co-organized by the Analytical Center, has become a venue for professionals to share opinions on a broad range of issues. The resolutions of the forum reflect in a concentrated form the problems of the industry and are taken into account when state decisions are made.

“The situation with the destruction of the reserves that were originally available in the heating systems cannot be put to rights with any market solutions,” the expert believes. “We want to be talking about deeper energy efficiency reserves in the urban communal services. A city should be treated as a whole and hybrid systems should be used. This will allow us to reduce the amount of power we need to keep the city heated by a factor of 2 or even 3.”

“In the past year new opportunities and trends emerged in the development of energy efficient projects in Russia (energy service projects included) - in the housing and communal sector, among resource providers and for budget organizations,” the Analytical Center's expert Dmitry Khomchenko concluded.

“In 2013-2014, the Analytical Center produced a number of expert recommendations for how to modernize the heating system and 2/3 of them have nothing to do with business or raising the rates: they are all about information and working with the consumers, harmonizing standards and regulations, reducing costs, and making the sector more transparent. This is the main vector of modernization. It should not be about how there is no alternative boiler room and how the heating rates must go up,” Mr. Gasho noted.

This year’s Energy Efficiency Technologies forum had 600 registered participants from 15 regions, who noted that most presentations were very practical  and that all the presenters had hands-on experience and were most competent in the field. They also praised the forum for giving them the chance to talk to the authors of the case studies and use what they learned in practice.