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21.09.2021

THE UWEA EXPANDED ITS BOARD

On 21 September 2021 the Ordinary Meeting of the UWEA Board was held. The Board members discussed issues related to debts settlements  accumulated on the RES market of Ukraine in 2020 and 2021, the latest legislative initiatives of the UWEA and corresponding official appeals to the relevant public authorities, as well as the Draft Laws, which are under consideration of the Verkhovna Rada or its Profile Committees, in particular, the Draft Law No5436 as well as the alternative ones No 5436-1, No 5436-2, and No 5436-d, which regulate the implementation of energy storage systems in Ukraine and Draft Law № 4461 “On Emerald Network Territory”. The Board also discussed the UWEA’s comments and proposals to the National RES Action Plan until 2030, which were submitted under the permission of the Board and envisaged, in particular, the offshore wind energy and “green” hydrogen development. Members of the Board also expressed their support to the UWEA Secretariat’s...

17.09.2021

GRAND SIGNING OF PROTOCOL ON COOPERATION BETWEEN THE UWEA AND TOWEA

An official signing ceremony for the Protocol on Cooperation between the Ukrainian Wind Energy Association (UWEA) and the Offshore Wind Energy Association of Turkey (TOWEA) was held in Ankara, Turkey on 17 September 2021. The signatories of the Protocol were Andriy Konechenkov, Chairman of the UWEA Board and Murat Durak, Chairman of the TOWEA. In particular, the Protocol on Cooperation between the UWEA and the TOVEA provides for the following: to cooperate fully between Associations and their national authorities to provide the offshore wind power development in Turkey and Ukraine and establish the framework for intensifying and expanding this cooperation; to facilitate and support policies and initiatives aimed at overcoming the legislative and technical barriers to wide-scale development of offshore wind power industry in Turkey and Ukraine; to promote the development of offshore wind manufacture in Turkey and Ukraine, etc. Being conscious of the growing role and importance...

16.09.2021

PRESS CONFERENCE “GREEN TASKS FOR THE PARLIAMENT”

On 16 September 2021, the Global 100% Renewable Energy Platform held a press conference “Green tasks for the Parliament” at the Media Centre of the Interfax-Ukraine News Agency. During the press conference, heads of the leading RES associations, which are Founding Members of the Global100%RE Ukraine, voiced the list of legislative acts, which adoption is crucial for the achievement of carbon neutrality and stable RES development in Ukraine. According to Oleksandr Dombrovskyi, Chairman of the Global100%RE Ukraine: “There are great numbers of Draft Laws, which adaption is important for the RES development and natural resource management reform, still awaiting consideration by the Parliament. In addition, the consideration of some of them have been postponed for several years”. Andriy Konechenkov, Chairman of the UWEA Board, noted the Draft Laws, which are highly expected to be adopted by wind power market participants and the RES market as a whole. During his speech he...

13.09.2021

INTERNATIONAL WEBINAR “CORPORATE RENEWABLE PPA: EU’S EXPERIENCE AND UKRAINE’S PERSPECTIVES”

Recently, more and more companies  are procuring their electricity from renewable energy sources as a part of their sustainability strategies. At the same time, such state support system for renewable energy producers as feed-in tariff has been becoming unreliable in Ukraine, as investors are increasingly faced non-payments for the “green” electricity delivered to the grid. With this in mind, the application of corporate PPAs - long-term agreements for purchase and sale of electricity between a renewable energy producer and a business entity as a corporate buyer, could promote the further development of renewable generation in the country. On 13 September 2021, the Ukrainian Wind Energy Association, jointly with Sayenko Kharenko, a law firm, member of the UWEA, and in cooperation with AHK Ukraine, hosted the international webinar devoted to the prospects of implementation of corporate renewable  PPAs in Ukraine. During the webinar, high level experts from the EU and...

10.09.2021

THE UWEA SECRETARIAT VISIT TO THE WIND POWER FACILITIES IN THE KHERSON REGION

Chairman of the UWEA Board Andriy Konechenkov together with Kateryna Knysh and Serhiy Kachan, the UWEA Secretariat members, participated in the III scientific and practical conference “Improvement of the electricity market and the integration of Ukraine’s IPS into European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity (ENTSO-E)” conducted in Nova Kakhovka, Kherson region on 7-9 September 2021. The III conference was organised by the Scientific and Technical Union of Power Engineers and Electricians of Ukraine in cooperation with the Ministry of Energy of Ukraine, NPC Ukrenergo, Ukrhydroenerho, the Ukranian Wind Energy Association, Lviv Polytechnic National University, Vinnytsia National Technical University and Khmelnytskyi National University. Within the 2021 conference, leading energy experts discussed the current status of the power market, benefits of integration of the Ukrainian power system into the European power system ENTSO-E and security of electricity...

03.09.2021

Energy Storage System designed in Ukraine by KNESS at testing and commissioning phase

Energy Storage System by KNESS - the first industrial energy storage system created in Ukraine- is currently in testing and commissioning mode. During this time, engineers will check the correctness and reliability of all its individual devices and complexes, and will study the algorithms of the software operation that controls the system and its operation as a whole. Next step is preparation for certification in order to obtain the status of ancillary service provider. This is the first industrial storage fully developed, designed and manufactured in Ukraine by KNESS Group. The entire intelligent system of the ESS prototype is 100% KNESS's in-house development. “Energy Storage System, with a power capacity of 1 MW and a capacity of 1 MW, consists of battery clusters, which are the result of the work of the power electronics laboratory of KNESS RnD Center, which lasted about a year. All intelligent systems of these modules are in-house development. They perform the functions of...

27.07.2021

Ukraine at a crossroads or wind power industry of Ukraine in the first half of 2021

After a record year in 2019 followed by a year of struggle for survive in 2020, the renewable energy industry of Ukraine is now at a crossroads pending the Ukrainian Government’s decision on the energy sector’s development vector.  The first option provides for profound transformation of the energy paradigm and modernization of the system to reach carbon neutrality based largely on renewables. The second one is based on further support of fossil fuel generation, overlooking its negative effects on both the health of the society and security and integrity of Ukraine. In anticipation of the Government’s decision, the wind power sector of Ukraine demonstrates its readiness for development and further contribution to the national economy as around 5,000 MW of wind capacity received building permits as of the beginning of 2020. Having agreed to voluntarily reduction of the feed-in tariff rates, the RES investors continue to seek common ground with the Government of Ukraine on...

16.07.2021

THE UWEA PARTICIPATED IN THE 12th ANNUL ADAM SMITH UKRAINIAN ENERGY FORUM

On July 14-16, 2021, the 12th annual Adam Smith Ukrainian Energy Forum was held at the Parkovy Congress and Exhibition Centre in Kyiv. This year forum was focused on the progress made by the government in establishing domestic energy independence via the signing of eight new PSAs, developing a fully-fledged domestic market for gas, electricity and RES markets, and integrating Ukraine into the European energy market. The Ukrainian Energy Forum brought together more than 80 speakers from different spheres, in particular representatives of the public authorities, international financial and business organizations, foreign embassies to Ukraine and energy market players. More than 400 delegates participated in practical discussions on new business opportunities for business, power industry and international community. Denys Shmyhal, Prime Minister of Ukraine, in his welcome speech noted that the decarbonization of the economy and energy sector is the main global trend. According...

15.07.2021

THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION PRESENTED THE “FIT FOR 55” PACKAGE

The ‘Fit for 55’ package presented on 14 July, 2021 by the European Commission is a set of legislative proposals on EU Climate & Energy policy that aim to support the delivery of the European Green Deal. The EU has now committed to become the first climate neutral continent in the world by 2050. This requires a major overhaul of the way of life e.g. how the EU produce energy and raw materials, drive, insulate homes, manage land. To reach net zero within only three decades time the EU increased its greenhouse emissions target for 2030 from the current 40% to 55%. The European Commission also presented a number of strategies to accelerate the energy transition e.g. the Offshore Renewable Energy Strategy (November 2019), EU Industrial Strategy (March 2020; updated June 2021), the Energy System Integration and Hydrogen Strategies (June 2020).  All of these require a huge expansion in wind energy. The Commission’s decarbonisation scenarios see wind accounting for 50% of...

06.07.2021

THE UWEA PARTICIPATED IN THE PREMIER ANNUAL CONFERENCE CISOLAR 2021

On July 6, 2021, Kyiv hosted CISOLAR 2021, the 10th solar energy conference and trade show of Central and Eastern Europe. The event was organized, in particular, in sponsorship and with the support of EDS and KNESS, the UWEA Member Companies. The Ukrainian Wind Energy Association (UWEA) became an information partner of the event. CISOLAR is the main business platform of the solar energy industry which for the last ten years in a row has gathered all representatives of public authorities, RES associations, PV market players and society stakeholders to get the market insights and to discuss the current and further development of the solar power sector in Ukraine. The first day of the Conference was devoted to “green” transition as an inevitable process for Ukraine. Participants discussed the major trends in global energy development, the ways of decarbonizing energy sector, new energy technological drivers and industry infrastructure projects. Conference’s ...