June 13, 2013

Draft law "On Alternative Energy Sources" Being Prepared in Uzbekistan

The Ministry of the Economy of Uzbekistan, Academy of Sciences and Uzbekenrgo State Joint-Stock Company (SJSC) will conclude the development of the project on draft law "On Alternative Energy Sources" by the end of June, a source in the government circles of Uzbekistan told Trend on Friday.

According to the source, a bill, aimed at regulating relations in the sphere of production and use of alternative energy sources, must be submitted to the government in early July and to the parliament of Uzbekistan in September.

The draft law in its main provisions and articles will contribute to the deepening of scientific and experimental research in the field of alternative energy sources, the practical application of alternative energy sources in Uzbekistan, as well as to the organization of the domestic production of advanced equipment and technology for this sector, also the rational use and saving of energy resources.

According to local experts, by saving the current tendencies and volumes of resource consumption, the natural gas and coal reserves in Uzbekistan will only last for the next 20-30 years, while oil reserves are almost depleted.

Along with this, the potential of renewable energy sources in Uzbekistan is about 51 billion tons of oil equivalent.

According to the interlocutor of the agency, the hydropower potential is 9.2 million tons of oil equivalent; eight million tons of oil equivalent out of this fall on major rivers, 1.2 million tons fall on small rivers, reservoirs and canals, 50.973 million tons on solar energy, 2.2 million tons fall on wind potential and 0.2 million tons of oil equivalent fall on potential of geothermal waters.

The existing technologies can provide the energy equivalent of 179 million tons of oil, what is three times higher than the current annual production of primary energy resources, and will also prevent emissions in the amount of 447 million tons of carbon dioxide, various sulfur compounds, nitrogen oxide and other substances.

To date 97 percent in the structure of primary fuel and energy resources are held by oil and gas, 2.3 percent by coal, 0.7 percent by hydropower. The share of renewable energy in Uzbekistan does not exceed one percent.

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