Renewable Energy Sources in Kazakhstan
Kazakhstan has huge renewable energy potential, in particular hydropower and wind, but, unfortunately, it is almost untapped; at present, renewables only represent about 1 percent of Kazakhstan’s energy balance.
The government of Kazakhstan aims to increase significantly the share of electricity generated from renewable energies. According to the National Programme for Accelerated Industrial and Innovation Development of the Republic of Kazakhstan for the period from 2010 to 2014 it was set a target of is achieving share of electricity consumption produced from renewable energy sources more than 1% by 2015 and the national programme for transition to sustainable development calls for increasing renewables’ share in Kazakhstan’s energy balance to 5 percent by 2024.
The RES Law was signed by the President of the Republic of Kazakhstan Nursultan Nazarbayev in July 4, 2009.
Kazakhstan pledged to reduce its emissions by 15% based on 1992 levels. By only reducing energy intensity of its economy it seems to be difficult to obtain this goal. Therefore, role of renewables in reduction of Kazakhstan’s greenhouse gases emissions would be significant.