Presidential Aide and State Council Secretary Igor Levitin and Kemerovo Region Governor Sergei Tsivilev chaired a videoconference meeting of the State Council Commission on Energy to discuss the formation of targeted fuel and energy balance plans of the Russian regions.
The meeting was attended by Deputy Prime Minister Alexander Novak; Minister of Energy Nikolai Shulginov and Irkutsk Region Governor Igor Kobzev delivered reports.
The meeting participants discussed the implementation of Presidential instructions issued following his Address to the Federal Assembly of April 21, 2021, in accordance with which the regions, with the support of the Government, have to compile and approve targeted fuel and energy balance plans.
The formation of targeted fuel and energy balance plans is an important matter, but this is only the first step.
Next, in accordance with Presidential instructions, the Government, together with the regions, is to identify, by September 1, 2022, based on the targeted fuel and energy balance plans formed, the regions where natural gas cannot be the main source of energy based on the results of economic efficiency evaluations. Thereafter, proposals will be prepared on measures to make wider use in these regions of alternative, eco-friendly energy sources instead of natural gas.
Separately, the meeting participants discussed the promotion of electrification of heating and hot water supply.
They drafted proposals on efforts to accomplish the above tasks.