Spotlight: The Energy Center and the Russia Association of Wind Power Energy

Spotlight: The Energy Center and the Russia Association of Wind Power Energy

In recent years, the issue of climate change mitigation has started to become a rather hot topic among Russia’s research community and with the release of the country’s first climate adaptation plan in January, 2020, this area of study will most likely continue to grow.

1) The Energy Centre at Moscow’s SKOLKOVO School of Management focuses its research on the key components of the fuel and energy sector in order to help companies and regulators make more efficient decisions in the development of the Russian energy economy. The center’s team, headed by Tatiana Mitrova, provides in-depth analysis on topics like new energy policy, new mobility, power and utilities in the energy transition era and others that play a pivotal role in curbing climate change. There is a range of educational programs on offer and training opportunities for young people. “Energy dialogues” between Russian and foreign energy companies, authorities and the expert community also take place at the center because “only through dialog it is possible to find answers to the most difficult challenges facing the Russian fuel and energy sector”.

The center also produces a range of analyses and reports, which are distributed free of charge and are for those interested in understanding the industry processes in the fuel and energy sector and the development of efficient energy in Russia and abroad. They are designed equally for specialists working in related companies and regulatory government bodies, as well as for the general public.

In 2019, the center published two reports about Russia’s new energy policy. The first one looked at the hydrogen economy as a path towards low carbon development. Some experts believe that hydrogen will become a new global energy carrier and according to various forecasts, this might happen globally by 2040. Russia, however, is lagging behind although it has a huge untapped potential in this area. Embedding in the global hydrogen market could be Russia’s response to the challenges of the energy transition. This report summarizes the status of hydrogen technologies in the world and Russia and underlines the need for further research that would offer a more detailed answer to the question “what to do?”.

The second report presents the results of a study involving the long-term forecasting of the world’s energy markets and calculations carried out using the SCANER information modeling system. It presents a comprehensive assessment of trends in the development of the energy sector – globally, regionally, and nationally. The development of the Russian energy sector is also examined, taking into account the impact of the situation in foreign markets, and suggestions on how to achieve a sustainable energy transition are offered.

SKOLKOVO Business School is funded solely by its commercial activities and private investment.

2) The Russian Association of Wind Power Industry (RAWI) is another important organization working towards promoting the use of renewable energy resources to mitigate climate change. It is an independent non-profit entity established in 2004 and cultivating the wind energy market. The Association’s goal is to provide positive, hands-on assistance and support to market participants in their entrance to the market, mastering production processes, developing wind parks and receiving orders for wind turbines components, as well as for other activities related to design, construction, logistics and other services. The growing list of the members of the RAWI includes leading global wind turbines manufacturers, Russian and foreign industrial and power engineering flagships, logistics, engineering, design/construction and insurance companies, research & development and educational establishments and diplomatic organizations.

The Association also has an academy that produces webinars, online lectures and thematic courses, interviews and online meetings with participants and experts in the renewables market. Earlier this year, the Association published its review of the Russian wind energy market and ranking of Russian regions by their involvement in the wind energy market for 2019. The ranking reflects the importance of the various regions on the Russian wind energy market through an assessment of existing and prospective capacities, the importance of wind power for the region, as well as through an assessment of the natural and academic potential for wind energy development. Regions with the highest potential are Ulyanovsk Oblast, Rostov Oblast, the Republic of Crimea and Krasnodar Krai.

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Dear Tatiana Mitrova (SKOLKOVO Energy Centre) and Igor Bryzgunov (RAWI),

You are doing fantastic research on the energy market, a market that in Russia lags behind the more developed countries when it comes to realizing the role renewables have to play in mitigating climate change. However, there is still a pressing need to try and translate these findings into lasting policy change. Perhaps it might help to start actively lobbying government officials to enact the changes you suggest in your reports.


Telephone and email for the Energy Centre at SKOLKOVO:
+7 495 539 3003, ext. 2745,

Telephone and email for RAWI: +7 495 134 68 88,

This Post was submitted by Climate Scorecard Russia Country Manager Maria Stambler

(Photo credits: Zbynek Burival)

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