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Environmental Economic Evaluation of Resource Saving at Small Energy Suppliers in a Region


Valery P. Anufriev, Aleksandr G. Mokronosov and Nikolay G. Mikhailov


The article aims to develop theoretical propositions and methodological tools of environmental economic evaluation of resource saving at small energy suppliers in a region. To reveal the synergistic effect from the influence of environmental economic factors in the process of resource saving in house‑ hold heating the authors suggest a method of hierarchical clustering of territorial heating systems and a method of principal components to form the most informative model of them. The researchers use the described toolkit to hold a multidimensional analysis and multifactorial evaluation of resource saving (economic, social, ecological) of small energy suppliers in a region, and identify its new emergent prop‑ erties and strategic directions of development as an element of the territorial socioeconomic system. The paper presents the results of estimating the volume of polluting substances emitted by low power boiler plants in Sverdlovsk oblast and calculates the index of environmental economic potential of resource saving in small energy industry in municipalities of the region. The analysis indicates an uneven spatial distribution of boiler plants and identifies the clusters (groups), which are the most promising for im‑ plementing energy-efficient technologies and improving ecological situation in the region. The results of environmental and economic assessment can be useful when developing the regional fuel and energy balance as well as substantiating strategic investment-innovative development directions of municipali‑ ties’ energy supply.

Keywords: ecological economic evaluation; resource saving; greenhouse gases; small energy suppli‑ ers; region; emergence; system approach; municipality; hierarchical clustering.

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For citation: Anufriev V.P., Mokronosov A.G., Mikhailov N.G. Ekologo-ekonomicheskaya otsenka resursosberez‑ heniya maloy energetiki regiona [Environmental economic evaluation of resource saving at small energy suppliers in a region]. Izvestiya Uralskogo gosudarstvennogo ekonomicheskogo universiteta – Journal of the Ural State University of Economics, 2018, vol. 19, no. 4, pp. 94−106. DOI: 10.29141/2073-1019-2018-19-4-7