Svedlovsk Regional Governor Eugene Kuyvashev ordered the government on Tuesday to put more focus into energy security.
Much of the existing power infrastructure is aged and out of date -- almost 87 percent of power-generating equipment is more than 30 years old and has a high level of wear, Kuyvashev said during a Board of Public Safety meeting.
“All of these negative aspects, we must give due recognition and take the necessary measures to eliminate the causes complicating the energy security of the region,” Kuyvashev said.
Nikolai Smirnov, minister of energy and utilities for Sverdlovsk, gave Kuyvashev an optimistic outlook on the situation, saying failures in the power grid due to technological issues are trending downward thanks to the gradual replacement of outdated technologies. By continuing replacement work, power generation capacity should increase by more than five-fold by 2019. The replacements will help free up bottlenecks in the grid and help with energy security, Smirnov said.
Also during the meeting, Sverdlovsk Regional Minister of Natural Resources and Environment Alexei Kuznetsov shared a report with the governor that highlighted the negative impact of electricity production on the environment.
He said companies are using equipment that is environmentally inefficient, and fuels with high ash and sulfur content, as well as not complying with measures to reduce emissions.