Uzbekistan increases heat energy production
BAKU, Azerbaijan, May 25
By Ilkin Seyfaddini - Trend:
Uzbekistan reduced electricity generation by 0.45 percent in the period from January through April 2020, compared to the same period in 2019, Trend reports with reference to the State Statistics Committee of Uzbekistan.
During the reporting period, the country's enterprises generated over 21.5 billion kWh of electricity.
Also in the period from January through April, 12.1 million Gcal of heat energy was produced in Uzbekistan, which is by 3.38 percent more as compared to the same period of 2019.
The Government of Uzbekistan approved the Concept of providing the country with electricity for 2020-2030, on May 4, 2020.
The concept provides for priority measures aimed at: modernization and reconstruction of existing power plants, as well as construction of new ones using energy-efficient technologies for electricity production; improvement of electricity metering systems; development of renewable energy sources, especially solar energy; legal reforms to improve tariff policy and ensure transition to the wholesale market.
Within 10 years Uzbekistan plans to build solar power plants with a total capacity of 5,000 MW and wind power plants with a total capacity of 3,000 MW. For this purpose, the Ministry of Energy of Uzbekistan, with the assistance of the World Bank, the Asian Development Bank and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development implementing a set of measures for competitive selection of investors for launching these projects, which will be implemented through foreign direct investment.
By the end of 2021, two photovoltaic (solar) power plants of 100 MW each are planned to be commissioned in Uzbekistan.
It is also planned to reduce losses in electricity transmission to 2.35 percent and distribution losses to 6.5 percent (1.85 times less than in 2019).
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