Kazakhstan records decrease in renewable energy tariffs

Kazakhstan Materials 27 October 2021 16:03 (UTC +04:00)
Kazakhstan records decrease in renewable energy tariffs

BAKU, Azerbaijan, Oct. 27


Over the past three years, tariffs for solar electricity in Kazakhstan have decreased by 64 percent, while tariffs for wind and hydroelectricity have decreased by about 23 percent, First Vice Minister of Energy Murat Zhurebekov said, Trend reports.

The mentioned issue was considered by the ministries of energy and ecology, geology and natural resources during the discussions of the prospects for the development of solar and wind power in Kazakhstan and what is being done for their development.

“As for the prospects, we have specific long-term goals for the development of renewable energy sources in Kazakhstan. Since 2018, we have been holding open electronic auctions for the implementation of renewable energy projects. Over the past three years, as a result of the auctions held, tariffs for solar electricity have decreased by 64 percent, tariffs for wind and hydro have decreased by about 23 percent, which is a good indicator," First Vice Minister of Energy Murat Zhurebekov, said answering journalists' questions at the Central Communications Service (CCS) under the president of Kazakhstan.

According to Zhurebekov, the development of a competitive environment leads directly to a reduction in tariffs.

"In parallel, we are working on cooperation with partners from the UAE. It is a world practice when countries use mechanisms for competitive bidding and the conclusion of strategic agreements. This is done in a number of other countries. These measures lead to increased competition and lower tariffs for our consumers," Zhurebekov noted.

Meanwhile, the Minister of Ecology, Geology, and Natural Resources of Kazakhstan Serikkali Brekeshev announced that renewable energy technologies are becoming more affordable.

"It is clear that the reduction in tariffs leads to competition. Renewable energy technologies themselves are becoming relatively cheaper. Speaking of solar energy, over a ten-year period, the cost of technology has dropped by almost nine times. Therefore, we plan the main inflow of investments after 2040. By 2040, technologists will decline. Carbon capture and storage technologies are still expensive. Thus, by this period - in 10-15 years, maybe these technologies will really become available. We are confident that by 2060, part of the emissions will be dropped due to forests and fields, and partly due to the transition to renewable energy sources," Brekeshev said.