Russian government approves joint energy efficiency center
February 27, 1992
RICHLAND, Wash. –
The Russian government has formally approved a joint U.S./Russian Center for Energy Efficiency (CENEf) to be based in Moscow.
The Moscow CENEf is the third non-profit energy efficiency center in eastern Europe created by Battelle with funding from the U.S. Department of Energy, the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, and the World Wildlife Fund and Conservation Foundation. The other two centers are located in Poland and Czechoslovakia.
The centers were created to accomplish two goals:
- To help slow the rate of carbon dioxide emissions, one of the key "greenhouse gases."
- To create new markets for American energy technologies.
To achieve those goals the centers primarily will conduct four activities in each of the host countries:
- Policy research and development -- concentrating on energy pricing, privatization strategies and other policy options to promote energy efficiency.
- Development of private joint ventures in efficiency technology -- identifying investment opportunities and possible partners for joint ventures, as well as efforts to encourage Western investment in key energy-related technology areas.
- Training and demonstration projects -- coordinating energy efficiency projects (e.g., efficient lighting demonstrations).
- Public education -- providing a publication series, technical reports and radio/television spots to help consumers save money through energy conservation.
The centers also will create and maintain national energy data bases.
The Moscow CENEf will be operated in cooperation with the Moscow Energy Research Institute of the Academy of Sciences. The center will open in April 1992 (although some activities already are under way) with an initial staff of 10. Opening ceremonies will be held in conjunction with the center's first Board of Directors' meeting April 21. The board consists of representatives from science, government and industry.
The Moscow center will operate on a $150,000 annual budget. The centers are expected to become self-sufficient within three years by providing contract services to government and industry.
Alexei Makarov, director and co-founder of the Moscow Center for Energy Efficiency, is one of the foremost energy policy specialists in Russia. He is the director of the Energy Research Institute in Moscow and a corresponding member of the Russian Academy of Sciences. He has served on numerous economic and energy committees, advising energy and economic ministries on issues such as energy policy and pricing and energy efficiency programs.
Valery Chupyatov, head of policy analysis at CENEf, is chief of the Energy Conservation Laboratory at ERI, where he developed an inventory of energy-saving measures and their potential impacts on energy-use reduction. He and Igor Bashmakov, head of research at CENEf and chief of the World Energy Laboratory at ERI, lead an analysis of this energy-savings potential, sponsored by the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, providing background and expertise to CENEf's programs. Bashmakov also works on global warming and ways to limit emissions. In addition to these specialists, CENEf's permanent staff will consist of seven energy experts.
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