The press conference of Dr.Satkin, Deputy Minister of Energy and Head of the SATBA was held this Sunday morning at the Ministry of Energy.
Dr.Satkin, Deputy Minister of Energy and Head of SATBA answered their questions at a press conference this morning in the conference hall of the Ministry of Energy.
Explaining renewable development plans and policies and energy efficiency, he described the future of SATBA as an agile, expert and reference organization, adding that Iran could become a regional energy hub with access to incomparable energy generation potentials. In just one case located in the eastern part of Iran, there is the world's largest wind potential with a power generation capacity of over 40%.
The head of SATBA said that paying more attention to efficiency is one of the priorities of his plans and added: "Supporting the private sector in two fields: equipment and investment, development of incentive policies, creating new financial resources are the development mechanisms." He also introduced the development of technology and research programs as the focus of the technology sector, believing in the research-oriented nature of SATBA.
Regarding the identification of the country's wind potentials, Dr. Satkin said: "Based on careful studies, three special wind channels have been identified in eastern Iran in the Lutak area in Zabol and Mil-e Nader with a potential of more than 2000 MW, Khaf with a potential of more than 1000 MW and Doroh.” He continued: "In the future, we plan to start joint projects in the border areas, especially in Afghanistan, in the field of technical know-how acquisition."
In response to a reporter's question about the capacity of the operated power plants, the Deputy Minister of Energy announced that the total installed capacity of the renewable power plants is 824 MW, and said: We will pass 1000 MW renewable power plant. He cited the jump in currency prices and sanctions as issues facing the development of renewables, adding that another 880 megawatt power plant contract has already been signed, which is expected to be operational by the end of the year 1401.”
Dr. Satkin referred to the plan to replace 200 thousand worn-out air conditioners as one of the energy efficiency development programs, considered the idea of a "virtual power plant" as one of the ways to apply energy management and added: “by implementing this plan, the construction of a new 480 MW power plant will be avoided.”
He noted: "Currently we intend to use the potential of organizations such as Imam Khomeini Relief Committee, Basij-e-Sazandegi Organization and the Foundation for the underprivileged to facilitate the preparation of solar panels for people in deprived areas." He continued: "These three organizations have paved the way for easy access to solar panels by providing loans with low interests. At present 2200 small-scale solar systems have been installed and SATBA has helped them to self-generate by purchasing electricity.”
Referring to the recent decision of the Minister of Energy, Dr.Satkin said: "In this decree the basic rate of guaranteed purchase of electricity generated from biomass technologies has been doubled in coastal provinces and megacities with the aim of solving environmental problems."
The Deputy Minister of Energy mentioned the revival of energy efficiency as one of his main plans and added: "In order to support projects to increase energy efficiency, we will use the facility interest subsidy plan and if this is proven, we will pay interest of the loan from the project. He praised the organization's policies and said: “we will expand this policy in three fields of generation, distribution and distribution.”
His response to the question that whether the sanctions had affected the renewable industry was: "The sanctions on Iran are an economic embargo and have affected banking, currency transfer and foreign exchange issues, therefore it has affected renewables development inevitably."
Referring to the issue of renewable electricity exports, he said: "Currently electricity exports are done through Tavanir Company, and electricity exports are one of the ways to solve the problems caused by sanctions and currency exchange." He added: "The first step towards exporting renewable electricity will be taken this year."
Explaining his long-term and short-term plans in attracting investment, he mentioned that incentive financial instruments, high-priced electricity tariffs to attract foreign investors, electricity exports, and the potentials of ESCO and RESCO companies are ways to encourage energy investors in Iran.”
Referring to the Cabinet's decision on obligation for governmental organizations to provide 20 percent of electricity consumption from renewable energy, Satkin said: “If the RESCOs make a centralized investment in renewable energy for the practical implementation of this decree, about 2000 MW of the country's electricity grid capacity will be released.”
He concluded by pointing to SATBA's plans to create a culture of energy management: "In order to streamline the new structure of SATBA, a section called Applied Research and Technology Development has been considered. One of its missions is to develop the right energy consumption pattern."