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    NO MORE THAN 5% OF ELECTRIC ENERGY TO BE PRODUCED IN RUSSIA ON ALTERNATIVE SOURCES BY 2020

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    MOSCOW, February 4 (RIA Novosti) - By 2020, no more than five percent of Russian electric energy will be produced on alternative sources, Russian Energy Minister Igor Yusufov told a Wednesday press conference.

    "We have a great potential of wind energy and some model wind power stations, in particular, in Bashkortostan (a republic in the Volga Federal district); there are geothermal stations in Kamchatka (the Far Eastern federal district), and we will enhance this segment of electric energy production," he said.

    "But unfortunately, due to the conditions we have in the economy, we can't afford over 5% of electric energy produced on these alternative sources by 2020," Yusufov said.

    "The next generation that will live after 2050 will be more aware about the fact that this segment of the market, from the point of view of the running out of oil and gas resources, will be more and more important for the state's economy," the minister believes.

    Yusufov also said that nuclear power plants, by the energy ministry's calculations, will produce a quarter of Russia's total amount of electric energy by 2020. "Today the share of atomic energy in the energy balance is 14%, and according to our calculations, by 2020, this segment will grow up to 25%," he said.

    The minister called reliability of nuclear power plants' operation the main issue of atomic energy industry development. He said special heed will be paid to it. "If we understand there are no more problems with the reliability of atomic energy industry, we will enhance this segment of the market," Yusufov stressed.

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