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Hydroelectric Power

Hydroelectric Power

Extremely dry weather has pushed energy prices in Siberia to record levels, according to Kommersant. Normally energy in Siberia is about 30% cheaper than in the European part of Russia and in the Urals. Recently however, it was about 3.6% more expensive. East of the Urals, the price of 1 MWh hit 1,144 rubles (PLN 89.50). The lowest water level in Lake Baikal and the Angara river since 1981 is the cause of this increase in energy. The Angara river supplies the hydroelectric plants providing energy for the region. Private energy company Irkutskenergo reported that the low water level in Lake Baikal has meant that the hydroelectric station on the Angara is running at one-third output. Production could be increased if the government agreed to lower the minimum acceptable water level in Lake Baikal. However, the Russian Ministry of Natural Resources and Environment has not agreed to this change.
energetyka.pb.pl

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