4 GW of new generating capacity activated in Russia in 2013

Electricity generation in Russia is primarily based on fossil fuels, with gas being dominant. In recent years, gas has accounted for around 70% of the total energy input for the sector, followed by coal, which has contributed almost 28%. The remainder is provided by oil, which is used primarily as a back-up fuel due to its high cost (1%), and other resources such as alternative types of fuel (less than 1%).
In the near term, the main driver for new investment in Russia's energy sector construction market will continue to be the replacement of ageing power-generating facilities. Currently, power plants connected to the UES have a generating capacity of slightly more than 227 GW, whereas after 1990 the peak load was only 159 GW, a level recorded in 2012.

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