Moscow, 7 December 2005. Before the Day of the Energy Industry Worker, RAO "UES of Russia" and Rambler, a Russian internet portal, created a website dedicated to the history of the GOELRO plan.
The website "85th Anniversary of the GOELRO plan" (http://www.85goelro.rao-ees.ru ) illustrates the history of development of the Russian electricity industry, from the first construction projects of the GOELRO plan to today's giant power plants. The site features a multimedia tour of the history of the Russian energy industry containing unique archival photos and video, as well as over 100 modern photographs by renowned Russian photo artists. Visitors to the site can do a quiz "Energy Gurus", download desktop wallpaper, screensavers, and unique high-quality posters, and leave their feedback on the website. The section "Dynasties of Energy Workers" includes articles about generations of energy workers—all in all, there will be over 200 such stories posted on the website. The site also includes audio recordings of songs about the energy industry by famous singers and amateur musicians working at RAO "UES of Russia".
Marita Nagoga, Head of Media Relations at RAO "UES of Russia", one of the authors of the idea, says, "The purpose of this web-project is to provide people of all ages with information about the history of the Russian energy industry. We wanted to tell about the people in the energy sector—economists, builders—whose work gave a powerful impetus to the development of the sector and the entire national economy. The site will be interesting to all kinds of users, enabling them to discover more about the exciting world of the energy industry."
Denis Kalinin, CEO of Rambler, believes that his company's participation in the project is not accidental: "The GOELRO plan is the first comprehensive programme in Russia's history to radically revamp the manufacturing industry, transport system, agriculture, which boosted the entire country's development. In the early 21st century, we see electrification as an integral part of our well-being and don't even think that a mere century ago the idea of Russia's electrification was just a dream. Today, the industrial and economic progress is driven by IT. Russia's economy lives and develops owing to the hi-tech solutions and energy of our ideas. That is why Rambler's involvement in the "85th Anniversary of the GOELRO Plan" web-project is only natural."
About the GOELRO plan: On 22 December 1920, the Eighth Congress of Soviets approved the State Plan for Electrification of Russia known as the GOELRO Plan. It is on that day that the Day of Energy Industry Worker is marked in Russia During the ten years of the plan's implementation, Russia created the basis of its energy industry: all the existing power plants were modernized, and 20 thermal and 10 hydraulic power plants were built with the total capacity of 1,750 MW.