Subject This article deals with the issues of implementation of the concept of energy development through the construction of packaged and (or) mobile energy sources and distribution networks for local needs and supply of free capacity to the core network. Objectives The article aims to compare the world and Russian experience in applying the concept of small distributed energy and consider the internal and comparative imbalances of the development of Russian small energy. Methods For the study, we used a comparative analysis. The study involves State statistics, FEC companies' data, and independent expert assessment. Results The article shows the dependence of small energy development on the State support and investments from non-State economic actors. It represents and specifies an explanatory model of small-energy electricity generation growth. Conclusions Russian regions have a high potential to develop small energy. There is a need to increase the interest of economic actors in intensifying the development of the small-energy sector by increasing support from the State, large energy corporations, and the private sector.
Keywords: Russian small energy, State investment policy, public-private partnership, private investment, world energy
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