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Belarus proposes limits on wind

BELARUS: Belarus is planning to introduce wind power quoats in order to restrict its development in the country.

The move was revealed by state utility Belenergo, which is the country's only energy supplier.

According to Andrew Negodko, the utility's head of department of strategic development, the draft of the new law has already been prepared by the Belarus government.

Its adoption will allow for significant savings on the purchases of electricity produced from wind power through the use of an "incentive coefficient" of 2.7, which has already resulted in serious losses for the industry.

The ruling effectively means that wind power — which is purchased by the state — is 2.7 times more expensive than energy produced from traditonal sources.

Negodko said the country's wind sector has been in development since 2010, with more than 30 project built.

He also claimed that, in addition to higher costs, the intermittency of wind threatens stable operation of the entire Belarusian energy system.

Currently the share of renewables in the Belarus energy system is estimated at 0.6%.

It plans to build 300MW in wind farms by 2015, according to an energy strategy document approved in August 2013 by the country's Council of Ministers. More than half is expected to come from a 160MW wind farm planned for Dzerzhinsk district in the Minsk region.

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