Removing barriers to energy efficiency in municipal heat and hot water supply



Comprehensive plan to increase the energy efficiency can reduce energy consumption per GDP by 10% annually

Comprehensive plan to increase the energy efficiency of Kazakhstan scheduled for 2012-2015 has been adopted today at the government session chaired by Prime Minister Karim Massimov as informs with reference to the official site of Prime Minister of Kazakhstan.

Energy efficient economy provides a basis for the government policy of many leading states. It stipulates researches to be done in this field, close cooperation with business community and introduction of promotional and regulative measures as part of it.

As such elaboration of the comprehensive plan is a challenging tool focused on development of the state. The challenge Kazakhstan faces now is to reduce energy consumption per unit of GDP by 10% in 2015 compared to 2008.

The plan foresees a number of measures to be taken to increase the energy efficiency in industrial sector as the most energy consuming, in generation of electric and heat powers as well as in housing and utilities sector.

Afterwards we shall carry out the energy audit of entities and energy sources listed in the state power generation register, introduce an internal technical record keeping of all fuel and energy resources and energy management system for the listed entities jointly with UNIDO.

Further to this document the concepts for a draft law should be elaborated. This draft law shall make a provision for electric power consumption tax to be imposed for the producers listed in the state power generation register and a prohibition to separate generation of heat and electric powers by projected energy sources without assessing before whether cogeneration technology would be feasible. Besides it should make a provision for prohibition of gases direct combustion in steam boilers at gas-fired power plants.

This comprehensive plan includes reviewing the possibility of energy audit for conventional budget-funded objects, introducing the criteria for energy efficiency and thermomodernization when budget-funded buildings to be reconstructed, raising private investments into the installation of automated heat consumption control systems and overhaul with thermomodernization in ten houses per annum in each region as well as in Almaty and Astana.

We have to note that to stimulate all these measures local staff must be trained in energy saving and energy saving must be popularized in the public.

Thus the comprehensive plan contains 47 measures where 25 are intersectoral. Implementing this comprehensive plan shall decrease the energy consumption per unit of GDP by 10% annually what in money value equals approximately to KZT 200 milliard. As a result of this comprehensive plan an absolutely new system shall appear facilitating advanced industry with high capacity.