At the RIF-2019 Forum, the Ministry of Energy of Russia, together with ROSSETI, organized the “round table” on the topic “Development of the Power Grid of the Subjects of the Russian Federation in the Era of Global Technological Change”. A unique number of heads of regions took part in the meeting. The discussion was moderated by Alexander Novak, Minister of Energy of the Russian Federation.
Opening the meeting, the head of the Ministry of Energy noted that the processes that are observed today in the global electric power industry determine the path of the industry transformation for many years to come.
“Today, our national power grid sector is also at the doorstep of important transformations. Power grids are the fundamental infrastructure for growth and modernization of the economy. They must be ready to quickly and effectively adapt to modern technological trends, respond to the demands of consumers and the public, and actively introduce new services based on digital solutions. At the same time, the power grids should maintain investment attractiveness and not increase the tariff load,” said Alexander Novak.
According to the minister, today the competitiveness of the industry largely depends on the balanced decisions of legislative and regulatory institutions, as well as the affirmative approach of the federal and regional authorities.
In turn, Pavel Livinskiy, Director General of ROSSETI, reminded the participants of the round table that the power grid sector was facing a considerable backlog of problems that need to be urgently addressed.
"It is gratifying that over the past year we have seriously advanced in the search for optimal solutions thanks to the support of the Ministry of Energy of Russia and the active assistance of the departments concerned and heads of subjects of the Federation. First of all, I mean the adoption of the law on the 'smart' accounting of electricity, as well as the definition of approaches to cross-subsidization. At the same time, the directions in which work is needed remain. These include: the problem of capacities that are used inefficiently; the need to speedily improve the mechanism of preferential technological connection; the importance of transition to a long-term tariff formation on the basis of reference costs; and the acceleration of consolidation processes of territorial electrical grid organizations,” said Pavel Livinskiy.
The head of ROSSETI reminded once again that the single center responsible for the region’s electricity supply is a big step towards improving the reliability and quality of the power supply to consumers. “After all, the majority of network owners are not ready to invest in infrastructure, while ROSSETI set the digital transformation of the power grid sector as a strategic goal and is ready to invest in equipment modernization,” emphasized the head of ROSSETI.
Separately, the head of ROSSETI focused on the problem of non-payments. In a number of subjects, this problem takes on catastrophic proportions. Thus, as of January 1, the volume of accounts receivable exceeded 144 billion rubles only for distribution companies of the group.
These and other today's challenges faced by the energy sector of Russia were widely discussed at the round table by the heads of the subjects of the Federation, heads of the Ministry of Industry and Trade of the Russian Federation, the Federal Antimonopoly Service of Russia, the State Duma Committee on Energy.