Mid-November, the National University of Science and Technology MISiS hosted the 2nd Energy Forum Energy Efficiency Standards: Education and Science Organizations, which became a unique platform for energy efficiency actions planning and implementation experience exchange within the education community. During the Forum, specialists in energy audit, representatives of ESCOs, the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russian Federation, and educational establishments reviewed the issues of energy saving and energy efficiency management and the progress of several current programs.

One of the key tools for further development strategy was the Coordinating Council of Energy Efficiency Enhancement and Energy Saving Engineers. Its first meeting took place as part of the Forum. The main trend of the Forum’s activity was set by reports on national policy in the realm of energy saving, support for innovative projects, and implementation of energy efficient actions. The participants have discusses the issues which affect everyone – energy audit, energy services contracts, energy saving actions, power management and education. Representatives of the Ministry of Education and Science of the Russia and the business community come to an important conclusion that higher education establishments must play a significant role in technology development and learning as well as in promoting energy efficiency. Therefore, it would be important to establish a separate working group within the Coordinating Council – Education and Learning in the Realm of Energy Saving and Energy Efficiency for Humane and Social Education Disciplines.

Active interaction between educational establishments and business will make it possible to offer high professional and technological level learning. For instance, assistance from leading energy saving products and advanced energy saving technologies vendors is required for establishing integrated energy efficiency learning centres on the premises of state-owned educational establishments.

A vivid example of such cooperation is the Ugra State University, a Federal State-Owned Budget-Funded Educational Establishment for Higher Vocational Education, and Salym Petroleum Development N.V. (SPD). The company’s core activity is oil production. It has been developing the Salym group of oilfields in the Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Okrug – Yugra since 2003. SPD aspires to assist in the implantation of the KHMAO-Ugra long-term target-oriented program Energy Saving and Enhancing Energy Efficiency in the Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Okrug – Yugra in 2010-2015 with an Outlook until 2020, thus encouraging the development of the region’s energy potential. The company conducts regular events on production and technology process upgrading and efficiency enhancement, and encourages innovations in the production sector and improvement suggestions. In particular, the company has developed an Efficient Electric Energy Usage project.

Energy saving and energy efficiency are the key area for the company’s social investment within the framework of the Cooperation Agreement it signed with the region. In 2011-2013, SPD provided financial support for the implementation of the project to replace electric lamps with energy saving ones providing lighting for Salym and Sentyabrsky villages in the Nefteyugansk District of the KHMAO. The company also maintains an active cooperation with the Yugra State University, and funds its educational, R&D, and innovative programs. In particular, the company has provided a substantial financial and organizational support to establishing the Energy Efficiency Centre with the Yugra University. It includes three university laboratories, several learning and demonstration ones, meeting rooms, a conference hall, and auxiliary area. Energy saving laboratory has already been assembled and is ready for use. It can be used both for staff training in basic, secondary, and higher vocational education programs and learning the actual industrial and domestic energy saving equipment and technology with numerous examples of modern Russian and international equipment that has been installed. First visitors of the Yugra University Energy Efficiency Centre were Pia Olsen Dyhr, Minister of Trade and Investment of the Kingdom of Denmark, Tom Risdahl Jensen, the Danish Ambassador to Russia, and Valentin Gripas, Deputy Governor of the Khanty-Mansi Autonomous Okrug – Yugra. They noted the substantial socio-economic effect brought about by centres like this one, including an energy saving behaviour model for various population clusters.

At the same time, the review of the energy efficiency centres operations and their interaction with the authorities and the real economy businesses as well as educational structures has demonstrated the long-felt need for transition to a higher level of organizational and methodological work. This is a matter of eliminating the duplication in the development of methodology, accelerated replication of successful practices and technologies, and reducing organization expenses. The vision of the solution to this problem is a transition to hierarchical design of the energy efficiency centres system assigning one lead centre and a small number of supporting centres – probably one per federal district.

Vladimir Kovalyov

Professor, Director of Ugra State University Energy Efficiency Centre

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