Kazakhstan to increase renewable energy


At a cabinet meeting on October 18 that was presided over by Prime Minister Alikhan Smailov, Energy Minister Bolat Akchulakov stated that electricity consumption statewide declined by 1.4 percent to 86.8 billion kilowatt-hours compared to the same period previous year, The Astana Times reports.

According to Akchulakov, the cessation of illegal mining operations is the main cause of the drop in electricity use. Including exports, the nation produced 86.9 billion kilowatt-hours of energy.

According to Smailov, the stability of the energy sector, which is now facing significant challenges, is necessary for the sustainable development of the national economy.

According to Smailov, they are connected to the desire to lessen the sector’s harmful climatic impact as well as the rising energy demand. A balance needs to be struck in order to resolve this worldwide problem.

He claims that the nation is seeing an increase in renewable electricity. However, fossil fuels account for more than 80% of all energy.

According to Smailov, this ratio in the industry won’t change significantly in the near future. The nation will instead concentrate on utilizing cutting-edge technologies to capture and use carbon dioxide, thereby reducing emissions into the atmosphere. Of course, the government will give developing green spaces and preserving the ecological balance special attention.

More than 140 renewable energy projects can be found in Kazakhstan, producing about 2,300 megawatts, or 3.7 percent of the nation’s total electricity output. Within three years, there will be 48 more renewable energy projects with a combined capacity of more than 850 megawatts. By 2025, 6 percent of energy will come from renewable sources, according to the target indicators.

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