Cover Osteuropa 4-5/2008

In Osteuropa 4-5/2008

Energy Dwarf Russia
Renewable Energies in the Land of Unrealised Potential

Aleksej Grigor’ev, Vladimir Čuprov

Deutsche Fassung


The potential is gigantic, but it is far from exhausted: Renewable energies play almost no role in the production of electricity and heating in Russia. This is because, for one, there is an abundance wealth in fossil fuels, and because the available infrastructure does not make it seem necessary to reconsider energy policy. Furthermore, the principle of decentralised supply, on which renewable forms of energy are based, is alien to Russia’s centralised political thinking. Russia’s energy supply has nothing to do with economic and ecological sustainability.

(Osteuropa 4-5/2008, pp. 275–286)