1 Apr 2019 12:01

Russian govt postpones discussion on extension of support for renewable energy to May - minister

KRASNOYARSK. April 1 (Interfax) - The Russian government will resume the discussion on support for renewable energy in May, after the first tenders for modernization of thermal power plants are held, Energy Minister Alexander Novak told reporters on the sidelines of the Krasnoyarsk Economic Forum.

"Today we touched on this topic, but we had a meeting with [Deputy Prime Minister Dmitry Kozak], this was discussed there. We agreed to put off making final decisions on the parameters until after the results of tenders for [modernization of thermal power plants] are tallied in order to understand what possibilities we have in terms of resources," Novak said.

The Energy Ministry generally supports extending the program of capacity supply agreements for renewable energy, but the parameters need to be agreed, he said.

"Now in April we'll have a tender [for modernization of thermal power plants], and in May we'll return [to this]," Novak said.