THE KAZAKHSTAN ELECTRICITY ASSOCIATION
Committee on Renewable Energy Sources
Regional Conference on Renewable Energy Development in the CAR and CIS
Stefan Gsanger. General Secretary of WWEA. Germany.
Thanks a lot again for your kind hospitality during the conference in Astana last week and congratulations for a very good organisation of the event.
It was very good to be in the middle of the debate about the prospects for wind power in Kazakhstan. We hope that indeed the necessary political steps will be made soon, mainly by fixing the FIT, so that investment in wind power can start. Please let us know should there be anything you feel WWEA could contribute in addition.
Kieran Lettice, Ireland
I felt that the conference was excellent. The number and type of stakeholders present was key to making it a success. There was a good balance of all relevant stakeholders. Personally, I particularly found it useful to meet face-to-face with both project developers and turbine suppliers (GE). These two groups are essential private sector players whose experience was useful and very informative. The logistics of the conference were very good. It was an excellent location, everyone was close by, which improved communication. The facilities were good. Some of the sessions were slightly overcrowded with speakers – which meant there was a need to rush through some presentations – but this was not a major issue. Overall, I think the conference achieved its goals admirably and I’m sure further positive results will emerge from the presentations and meetings that happened at it. It was perfectly timed as the UNDP Project approaches its close. The emphasis on regional (CIS and Central Asia) was inspired as these are clearly not just issues affecting Kazakhstan.
Lucija Rakocevic. Montenegro
I enjoyed the conference and trip in general. It was my first time in Central Asia. The conference was informative, especially regarding ongoing issues in Kazakhstan in neighboring countries. I understand that the conference was organized in order to focus mainly on wind farms and their development, but I believe that since there was a lot of people present maybe the discussion could have been a little bit more about other options for RES for different area of Kazakhstan. Mainly it was interesting because even though our countries have different backgrounds and base scenarios regarding energy, we still run into similar problems. In that sense exchange of information and experiences among Central Asian and Eastern European countries is very important so we dont double the energy needed to solve the same problems.
PRESENATIONS OF THE SPEAKERS