Russia puts onus for wind expansion on grid operators

WIND POWER MONTHLY | Under draft plans, grid operators would be required to run tenders and award 15-year offtake agreements to successful wind farm developers, with – as-yet unspecified – fines and sanctions in place for utilities that do not comply.

The government hopes this will encourage private investment in the growing Russian wind power sector and spread development to new areas. 

To date, most Russian wind farms have been built or are being developed in windy western provinces such as Murmansk, Rostov and Stavropol Krai, with development controlled by regional authorities.

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