Regional Energy Efficiency Programs in Russia: The Factors of Success


  • Svetlana Valerievna Ratner V.A. Trapeznikov Institute of Control Sciences, Russian Academy of Sciences
  • Pavel Dmitrievich Ratner Plekhanov Russian University of Economics



Environment, Externalities


In this paper, we study the reasons for extremely high difference in energy intensity of the Russian regions under different methodological approaches. We compare the most popular measures of state’s energy efficiency policy in Russia with best world practices and investigate the factors of their effectiveness. We test the hypothesis that the level of development of regional innovation system determines how the regional economy reacts to the removal of market barriers to energy efficiency. Our findings reveal that in the face of rising electricity prices regions with well-developed regional innovation systems induce technical and other kinds of innovation in the field of energy efficiency, while other regions are not able to reduce their energy intensity. The main practical implementation of the study is that market measures for improvement of energy efficiency do not work in the regions with underdeveloped innovation systems.

Author Biographies

Svetlana Valerievna Ratner, V.A. Trapeznikov Institute of Control Sciences, Russian Academy of Sciences

Depertment of Economic Dynamics and Control for Innovations,

Leading Researcher

Pavel Dmitrievich Ratner, Plekhanov Russian University of Economics

Plekhanov Russian University of Economics, Krasnodar Branch, Finance and Accounting faculty, student.


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How to Cite

Ratner, S. V. and Ratner, P. D. (2016) “Regional Energy Efficiency Programs in Russia: The Factors of Success”, REGION, 3(1), pp. 71–87. doi: 10.18335/region.v3i1.71.