Peretok Light: highlights of the Russian and global power sectors for 4 to 10 February
This past week was not rich in significant energy news. Power generators continue to openly publish the lists of the facilities they would like to renovate as part of the CHP plant renovation program soon to be launched. In accordance with the schedule published by the “Market Council” Non-Profit Partnership, the “storm selection” (up to 11 GW, within a two-year renovation period,
The projects to construct five waste incineration plants (WIPs) funded at the expense of wholesale energy market consumers, continue to face serious challenges, still far from entering the stage of practical implementation. In Tatarstan, local residents stated that they did not agree to the siting of the facility to be built under the PSA (Power Supply Agreement) SHW (Solid Household Waste) program; after a series of litigation, the Supreme Court took their side. According to experts, these conflicts are unlikely to result in the cancellation of the projects, but they view the launch of these plants on time as still doubtful. The delay involves financial losses of the Rostech structures implementing the projects, but last April, the Market Council adjusted the PSA SHW mechanism and actually freed the investors from the need to provide financial guarantees for the fines to be paid in case of the delayed launch of the WIPs.
The introduction of smart metering systems (SMSs) remains one of the most discussed issues in the core community, despite the fact that at the end of December, Russian President Vladimir Putin signed the law on SMS. The key issue is cost funding: according to a number of market experts, the prescribed norms are not enough, and the program is not going to succeed if the relevant bylaw provisions are not specified and, possibly, if SMS tariff costs are not removed from inflationary restrictions. Meanwhile, Vedomosti named the first (and, probably, major) applicants for the funds to be spent by the power sector on the adoption of smart meter and further on, to be retrieved through the tariff among other means.
The Energy Ministry: “Kyrgyzstan offered the Russian Federation to return to the implementation of the Upper Naryn Hydroelectric Power Plant project”
While the Ministry of Defense sappers and engineers are coping with the consequences of the fall of the mud volcano that blocked the Bureya HEPP reservoir (they plan to restore the inflow to the power plant in