Uzbekistan adopts measures to ensure rational use of energy resources

Tashkent, Uzbekistan ( -- From 1 January 2018, Uzbekistan will introduce a number of mechanisms to encourage the rational use of energy resources.

President of Uzbekistan Shavkat Mirziyoyev signed a resolution “On measures to ensure the rational use of energy resources” on 8 November 2017.

According to the resolution, consumers, who produce burnt bricks, gypsum, cement and other products, as well as providing separate services (restaurants, cafes, etc.), pay for electricity with an attached capacity of up to 750 kVA and natural gas on the basis of increasing coefficients and tariffs, established by decisions of the Cabinet of Ministers of the Republic of Uzbekistan.

Consumers with an attached capacity of 750 kVA and higher make payments for electricity on a differentiated by zones day tariff. This procedure does not apply to budget organizations, pumping stations of farms and water users’ associations, as well as pumping stations financed from the State budget.

In order to equalize the load on the power supply system of the Republic, flexible tariffs for electricity consumption are introduced.

So, in the peak period - the morning and evening highs (determined in accordance with the established procedure), payment for consumed electric energy will be made using an increase factor of 1.5 times from the established tariff.

During the hours of minimum loads – during nights, the consumer will pay on reduced tariffs – by 1.5 times from set tariffs. At the same time, the established tariff is preserved only for payment of electricity consumption in the half-peak period – during daylight hours.

Uzbek President introduced a requirement, which envisages use of energy-efficient and energy-saving technologies during the design, reconstruction, construction and commissioning of buildings and structures of state bodies and institutions, as well as the multi-apartment houses.

Also, in the design, reconstruction and construction of buildings and structures (except for individual housing construction), use of certified solar water heaters for hot water supply, as well as energy-saving lamps, will be mandatory.

Along with this, it is planned to cut off all state bodies and organizations from hot water supply from 1 January 2022.

In order to ensure rational use of energy resources, they will be required to use certified solar water heating systems for hot water supply, and energy saving lamps of domestic production.

Uzbek President entrusted to determine the stages of installation of solar water heating and energy lamps in the buildings and structure of the state bodies and organizations.

A comprehensive program will also be adopted to expand the localization of production and gradually introduce energy-saving lamps in residential and non-residential premises.

According to preliminary calculations, as a result of the introduction and operation of solar water heaters by state bodies and organizations for hot water supply, the volumes of natural gas consumption by thermal stations during the non-heating period (April-October) will be reduced by almost 10 million cubic meters or 2.5 billion soums.

It should be noted that today the potential of 35 biogas producers, 10 solar energy suppliers and 5 enterprises producing electricity from micro hydropower plants are not fully disclosed.

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