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09.07.2020

EUROPEAN COMMISSION ADOPTED THE EU STRATEGIES FOR ENERGY SYSTEM INTEGRATION AND HYDROGEN

To become climate-neutral by 2050, Europe needs to transform its energy system, which accounts for 75% of the EU's greenhouse gas emissions.  The EU strategies for energy system integration and hydrogen, adopted on July 8, 2020, will pave the way towards a more efficient and interconnected energy sector, driven by the twin goals of a cleaner planet and a stronger economy. The two strategies present a new clean energy investment agenda, in line with the Commission's Next Generation EU recovery package and the European Green Deal. The planned investments have the potential to stimulate the economic recovery from the coronavirus crisis. They create European jobs and boost our leadership and competitiveness in strategic industries, which are crucial to Europe's resilience. Energy System Integration The EU Strategy for Energy System Integration will provide the framework for the green energy transition. The current model where energy consumption in transport, industry, gas and...

16.06.2020

REN 21 LAUNCHED ITS RENEWABLES 2020 GLOBAL STATUS REPORT

On June 16, 2020, Renewable Energy Policy Network for the 21st Century (REN 21), a  think tank and a multistakeholder governance group which is focused on renewable energy policy, launched its Renewables 2020 Global Status Report (GSR 2020). Andriy Konechenkov, Chairman of the UWEA Board, is a lead contributor from Ukraine . GSR2020 provides a comprehensive overview of global developments in renewable energy markets, investments and policies in 2019. This year’s report includes a feature chapter on citizen support for renewable energy projects. 2019 highlighted the important role of community action in the push for renewables, as supporters call for change at both the local and global level. Renewables 2020 Global Status Report Highlights: 1. Overall, global energy consumption keeps increasing, eating up the progress made in renewable generation. Today’s progress is largely the result of policies and regulations initiated years ago, which focus on the power sector. Major...

15.06.2020

GLOBAL WIND DAY

Each year, on June 15, we discover wind power, advantages and possibilities it holds to reshape our energy systems, decarbonise our economies and create new jobs. The modern wind power industry is the fastest growing industrial sector in the world, which now operates in 140 countries as a proven, reliable and accessible “green” technology. According to the latest reports by the International Energy Agency and the International Renewable Energy Agency, cheapness and liquidity of “green” technologies exceed the cost of extraction, transportation and operation of fossil fuels. The previous year clearly demonstrated the rapid development of wind energy both in Ukraine and worldwide.  Just in 2019, 637.1 MW of wind power capacities were added to the grid in Ukraine whereas the total capacity of Ukraine's wind power sector reached 1.2 GW. The COVID-19 pandemic, which hit the world in 2020, confirmed the dependence of modern society on electricity, and, given the collapse of...

06.06.2020

AN OPEN LETTER OF UWEA AND UARE TO STATE AUTHORITIES

On June 5, 2020, two Renewable industry associations - the Ukrainian Wind Energy Association and the Ukrainian Association of Renewable Energy - addressed an open letter to the Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Dmytro Razumkov and the Chairman of the Committee on Rules of Procedure, Parliamentary Ethics and Administration of Verkhovna Rada's Work Serhiy Kalchenko to give due consideration to the photographs and video of the foul language correspondence on renewable sector of Ukraine between the Chairman of the Committee on Energy, Housing and Utilities Services Andriy Gerus and Andriy Zhupanyn, MP from the party Servant of People, which were published by the media. The published chat of the Members of the Ukrainian Parliament vividly demonstrates the existence of conflict of interest in the electricity sector, an absence of professional understanding of the national renewable generation importance for the country’s energy independence, a total lack of tolerance and respect...

05.06.2020

STATE RAIDING OR A NEW INVESTMENT POLICY FOR «GREEN» ENERGY?

On June 5, 2020, three leading Renewable Energy associations in Ukraine – the Ukrainian Wind Energy Association, the Ukrainian Association of Renewable Energy and the European-Ukrainian Energy Agency - conducted a joint press conference “State raiding or new investment policy for “green” energy?” in the Interfax-Ukraine news agency. Ukraine’s energy sector is experiencing an unprecedented crisis resulted from the launching of the flawed electricity market model, the populist actions of the authorities and the lobbying of financial and industrial groups in legislative and executive bodies. At first some decisions and actions seemed to reflect incompetence, negligence and corruption.  But over time a state riding instrument against RES investors has been developed. Speakers of the press conference included: Ihor Tynnyy, Co-founder of the Ukrainian Association of Renewable Energy Andriy Konechenkov, Chairman of the UWEA Board and Vice-President of the WWEA Carl...

02.06.2020

EU RECOVERY STRATEGY TO BOOST RENEWABLE ENERGIES AND “GREEN” TECHNOLOGIES

On May 27, 2020, the European Commission tabled its long-awaited “Recovery Strategy”. It’s two elements, a new EU Budget for 2021-27 and a new Recovery Fund, amount to €1.85tn of total investment. The Strategy clearly enshrines the green transition as the main driver of economic recovery and as key to Europe’s future growth and prosperity. Within that the Strategy singles out wind energy as one of the ‘policy fundamentals of the recovery’. Recovery Strategy includes creation of a new recovery instrument, a €750 billion Next Generation EU Fund. The money raised for Next Generation EU will be invested across three pillars: 1. Support to Member States with investments and reforms: A new Recovery and Resilience Facility of €560 billion will offer financial support for investments and reforms, including in relation to the green and digital transitions and the resilience of national economies, linking these to the EU priorities. Member States will have to design their...

01.06.2020

GE AND EUROCAPE HAVE STARTED INSTALLATION WORKS AT THE ZAPORIZHZHIA ONSHORE WIND FARM IN UKRAINE

Girsivka, Zaporizhia region, UKRAINE, June 1st, 2020 - GE Renewable Energy and EuroCape Ukraine LLC, have started installation works at the Zaporizhia Onshore Wind Farm in southeast Ukraine. The phase one of the project, a 98-megawatt (“MW”) wind farm, includes twenty-seven GE’s 3.6 MW onshore wind turbines,  the highest performing model in its class, with a hub height of 110 m and 137-meter rotor. As part of the construction of First Phase, it is also planned to construct own substation and high-voltage transmission lines with a total voltage of 330 kV. The wind farm is expected to be commissioned in 4th quarter of this year and to produce over 330,000 MW hours of clean energy per year powering approximately 170,000 households. Upon full completion of up to a total of 500 MW, this wind project will be the largest wind power facility in Ukraine powering approximately 780,000 homes and one of the top five largest operating onshore wind farms in Europe. Credit for the...

30.05.2020

THREE LEADING RES INDUSTRY ASSOCIATIONS IN UKRAINE ADDRESSED A LETTER TO THE PRESIDENT OF UKRAINE

On May 29, 2020, three leading RE industry associations in Ukraine, namely: he Ukrainian Wind Energy Association, the Ukrainian Association of Renewable Energy and the European-Ukrainian Energy Agency, addressed a letter to the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy requesting for the meeting. A new electricity market launched in Ukraine in July 2019 contributed significantly to the healthy competition between electricity producers, which has reduced the day-ahead market prices for electricity since autumn 2019. “On the other hand, it highlighted several imperfections, which threatens the sustainability of the energy sector – and in this case, in particular the renewables sector. Without factual and effective government action, the sector will inevitably fall into default”, the letter said. The RES producers expressed their gratefulness to the Prime Minister of Ukraine Denis Shmyhal and Acting Minister of Energy and Environmental Protection of Ukraine Olga Buslavets for their...

26.05.2020

RENEWABLE HYDROGEN TO FULLY DECARBONISE EUROPE

25 May 2020, Brussels – Today eight industry leading companies, SolarPower Europe and WindEurope have launched “Choose Renewable Hydrogen”, a joint initiative highlighting the crucial role of renewables to ensure a sound economic recovery, aligned with the European Green Deal. Signatories called on the European Commission to make the right choices for Europe’s upcoming energy system integration and hydrogen strategy, harvesting the full potential of renewable electricity to fully decarbonise Europe. The initiative urges that, amidst the COVID-19 health crisis and its economic implications, Europe prioritises the most efficient, sustainable, and cost-effective pathways to decarbonise its economy. Direct electrification will be the primary means for decarbonising heating and road transport, but there are other hard-to-abate sectors – such as some heavy industry, long-haul road transport, aviation, and shipping – where direct electrification is insufficient. Here...

22.05.2020

INTERNATIONAL INVESTORS PETITION TO THE GOVERNMENT OF UKRAINE

On May 21, 2020, а group of international RES investors with cumulative portfolio of renewable power plants exceeding 2 GW installed capacities, called on the Prime Minister of Ukraine Denys Shmuhal and Acting Minister of Energy and Environmental Protection Olha Buslavets to sign the Memorandum of Understanding between RES investors and the Ministry (“Memorandum”) as soon as possible. The open investors’ letter presents a consolidated position of RES producers on reducing the “green” tariff, ensuring an effective dialogue with the Government and finding a compromise with further incorporation of the agreed proposals in the Memorandum. The Ukrainian Wind Energy Association, that represents 100% of wind energy producers, fully supports the position of the international investment community expressed in the joint letter. Investor's letter reflects a serious and considered decision on ensuring the sustainable operation of renewable energy facilities. The UWEA believes that...