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MOSCOW, March 25 (Itar-Tass) – Moscow's energy consumption was reduced by 309 MW during the Earth Hour.
Last year, the workload of the city's energy grid was reduced by 179 MW, the head of the Moscow department for fuel and energy economy Pavel Livinsky told reporters on Monday.
The energy consumption was reduced in some stages during the hour from 20:30 to 21:30 Moscow time, he said. Supposedly, not everyone knew about the event in advance, but joined it during the hour, the official said, noting that the data showed that a great number of Muscovites had joined.
Speaking about saved energy for 90 architectural sites, he said five MW were saved. The rest was saved thanks to residents and enterprises, he noted.
During the ecological event last Saturday, along with backlights of various sites, lights of the Moscow Kremlin were turned off for the hour. Only the ruby stars on the Kremlin towers and the backlights of the Russian flag remained on. The decoration lights of the GUM department store were also switched off. Red Square was in darkness for the time.
The lights were turned off when the Chimes struck at 20:30. By the beginning of the event, about 200 people gathered on Red Square. Most of them specially came there to see it. When the lights were turned off, they cheered. Aside from event participants and reporters, Russian Minister of Natural Resources and Ecology Sergei Donskoi also came to Red Square.
According to the minister, this year, on the Russian president's personal initiative, a great number of various organizations of state importance joined the event. Among them were the Moscow Kremlin, the St. Basil's Cathedral, the GUM department store, the Russian Exhibition Centre, the Pushkin Library and others.
About 16 million Russians, one out of every nine citizens, joined the event in 2012, and one of every seven people was expected to participate in the campaign this year, he said. Participation of each citizen in the event is a minimal contribution to the noble cause of protection of the planet's future, Donskoi noted.