Developments in Russian market for I-RECs
24 February 2021
Following the acceptance of Russia as an authorized issuance country under the I-REC Standard on the 18th of February 2020, the first I-RECs have been issued for devices in the country. Stakeholders and market players are confident in the development of a robust market for EACs in Russia growing in 2021. The strong developments in the first month that issuance was authorized supported these claims.
First successful issuance
The local I-REC issuer in Russia, Goal Number Seven (GNS), has issued their first I-RECs after EN+ Group successfully registered solar and hydropower plants and requested issuance. The I-REC Standard Foundation congratulates all stakeholders with this accomplishment as it paves the way for end-users to further accelerate the development of renewables in Russia by procuring renewables through a robust attribute tracking scheme.
Link to En+ Group article: https://enplusgroup.com
Tatiana Lanshina, GNS CEO: “We saw significant demand to register devices last month showing a need for a standardized energy attribute tracking systems in Russia. In January 2021, we registered 26 new solar power plants out of the 29 devices that are in the registry at the moment. In less than 2 months, over 286 thousand Russian I-RECs have been issued. So far, major I-REC beneficiaries are foreign companies owning Russian manufacturing facilities and office premises. However, Russian companies also start to demonstrate interest towards going renewable”.
Coordination with the national authorities
On the 8th of February 2021, the I-REC Standard secretariat, together with GNS (and the other organizations on the agenda), joined the association “NP Market Council” (regulator or electric power markets in Russia) for a webinar on further coordination of EAC markets in the country. The event was attended by more than 100-stakeholder organizations.
Steven Vanholme, EKOenergy: “EKOenergy has been active in Russia since 2015 as a non-profit focusing on the promotion of renewable energy. We reached out to public authorities, companies, as well as to NGOs to hear more about their expectations and ambitions. The fully-booked webinar that the local IREC representatives organized on Monday, the 8th February 2021, was a milestone with a record number of attendees of varied backgrounds. As the renewable energy market is growing, cooperation becomes even more important to ensure that we all take steps towards 100% renewable energy, and to make sure that everyone can concentrate on what they are most
Sberbank is now an active I-REC market player
In addition to the added supply of I-RECs to the Russian market, there is a growing demand for I-RECs which can be seen by the successful application of Sberbank as an I-REC participant. With their role as a participant, Sberbank is now able to purchase and redeem I-RECs on behalf of themselves and others. The I-REC Standard Foundation continues to collaborate with Sberbank on the development of a platform where I-REC sellers and buyers can meet and trade I-RECs in Russia. There are ongoing discussions if such a platform could be implemented to support the Russian market for EACs more broadly.
Alexander Vedyakhin, First Deputy Chairman of the Executive Board, Sberbank:
“Sberbank has joined the international energy tracking standard, I-REC, as a market participant. The agreement will enable the largest Russian bank to create a fundamentally new and innovative market for Renewable Energy Certificates (RECs) in Russia.
To create a transparent and convenient framework for the circulation of certificates, a decentralized platform designed by the Sberbank Blockchain Laboratory has been used. Not only do we expect that this product will strengthen the bank’s position in the international ESG ratings, but we also see the market showing commercial interest in it. Several of the Bank’s largest customers, both renewable energy producers and consumers, have already stated their intention to use the blockchain platform.”
Link to Sberbank’s press release: https://www.sberbank.ru
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