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Renewable energy sources as an instrument to support the competitiveness of agro-industrial enterprises and reduce their costs

Mihail Nikolaevich Dudin, Vadim Nikolaevich Zasko, Olesya Igorevna Dontsova, Irina Valentinovna Osokina and Alisa Mikhailovna Berman
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Mihail Nikolaevich Dudin: Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration, 119571, Moscow, Vernadsky Av., 82, Russian Federation,
Vadim Nikolaevich Zasko: Russian Presidential Academy of National Economy and Public Administration, 119571, Moscow, Vernadsky Av., 82, Russian Federation,
Olesya Igorevna Dontsova: Financial University under the Government of the Russian Federation, 125993, Moscow, Leningradsky Prospekt, 49, Russian Federation,
Irina Valentinovna Osokina: Financial University under the Government of the Russian Federation, 125993, Moscow, Leningradsky Prospekt, 49, Russian Federation,
Alisa Mikhailovna Berman: Institute of State and Law of the Russian Academy of Sciences, 119019, Moscow, Znamenka str.,10, Russian Federation

International Journal of Energy Economics and Policy, 2018, vol. 8, issue 2, 162-167

Abstract: The intensive development of the Russian agro-industrial complex is accompanied by high energy consumption, which ultimately may result in environmental pollution and ecological imbalance. The dependence of the agricultural production on organic fuels (i.e. traditional hydrocarbon energy sources) may limit the ability of this sector to meet the demand for agricultural products and ensure the food security of the country. Moreover, the high dependence of the agricultural production on traditional energy sources affects the business profitability and competitiveness. Based on the materials outlined in this article, the authors come to the following main conclusions: i) the adoption of innovative energy saving models is required for the reliable energy supply and improvement of the efficiency of agricultural production. Moreover, the damage to the environment caused by the utilization of fossil fuels can be mitigated by using renewable energy sources; ii) Russia has the climatic conditions required for the use of solar energy, small hydropower, and wind energy. At the same time, in the part of ensuring the energy needs of agro-industrial and agricultural production in Russia, traditional hydrocarbon energy sources are mainly used.

Keywords: agriculture; energy supply; renewable energy; hydrocarbon energy; costs; competitiveness; food security. (search for similar items in EconPapers)
JEL-codes: Q10 Q40 Q49 (search for similar items in EconPapers)
Date: 2018
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