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23.03.2020

PUT CLEAN ENERGY AT THE HEART OF STIMULUS PLANS TO COUNTER THE CORONAVIRUS CRISIS

On March 14, 2020, on the International Energy Agency (“IEA”) website was published an article by the IEA Executive Director Dr. Fatih Birol on the global impact of the COVID-19 pandemic on human life and health, the functioning of the national world economies and potential methods of countering the virus. The coronavirus is turning into an unprecedented international crisis, with serious repercussions for people’s health and economic activity. As governments respond to these interlinked crises, they must not lose sight of a major challenge of our time: clean energy transitions. Because, the threat posed by climate change, which requires us to reduce global emissions significantly this decade, will remain. Governments are drawing up stimulus plans in an effort to counter the economic damage from the coronavirus. These stimulus packages offer an excellent opportunity to ensure that the essential task of building a secure and sustainable energy future doesn’t get lost amid the...

13.03.2020

TASMANIA - 200% GREEN GENERATION BY 2040

On March 11, 2020 the Government of the Australian state of Tasmania has just announced a long-term strategy for the island in which it sets not a 100% but a 200% renewable energy target for the year 2040. The announcement made by Tasmanian Premier Peter Gutwein follows a previous commitment to 100% renewable energy by 2022. The new strategy aims at not only covering Tasmania’s domestic energy supply, but to export renewable energy to other parts of Australia and potentially to other countries. The main technologies, which will allow achieving this goal and making Tasmania a green powerhouse, will be hydropower, wind power and hydrogen. Gutwein declared that a detailed Renewable Energy Action Plan will be released in April and that hydrogen production for domestic use and for export latest by 2027 will be an important part of the plan. The government intends to boost the rollout of the state’s hydrogen economy with $50 million public funds. The Tasmanian government expects that...

12.03.2020

NPC UKRENERGO INTENTIONALLY LENGTHEN PROCESS OF DEVELOPING CURTAILMENT COMPENSATION METHODOLOGY

Due to the expanding trend of curtailment of the “green” electricity generation in Ukraine, in January 2020 a Working Group was established at the NPC UKRENERGO to develop a methodology of RES electricity curtailment compensation. This Working Group included representatives of the NPC UKRENERGO, the National Electricity and Utilities Regulatory Commission (“Regulator”), the SE "Guaranteed Buyer", members of industry associations and the RES producers. The methodology shall address three key issues: 1. How to calculate the amount of “green” generation being cut by the grid operator? 2. Who is responsible for compensation for these curtailments? 3. What is the legal regime of compensation for curtailments? The meeting of the Working Group that took place on March 11, 2020 has revealed the following problems: 1. A representative from NPC UKRENERGO, chairing the Working Group, is not authorized by the NEC UKRENERGO management to develop and initiate system solutions. He...

04.03.2020

STATEMENT OF EUEA AND UWEA: REGARDING FIT IN UKRAINE

Kyiv,Ukraine
4 March 2020 Members of the European Ukrainian Energy Agency (“EUEA”) and the Ukrainian Wind Energy Association (“UWEA”) have always been committed to help Ukraine attract new investors, technologies, financing, know-how to the renewable energy (“RE”) sector and to enhance the country’s energy independence. Shortly after Ukraine’s adoption of the EU electricity market model on 1 July 2019, malicious litigation blocked the payments of the transmission tariffs to the transmission system operator. The Government of Ukraine (“GoU”) responded with amendments to the public service obligations (“PSO”) mechanism that are not consistent with that market model and have produced serious financial and operational distress. This has resulted in a non-bankable environment for RE sector. To help the GoU restore orderly financial and technical operation of the sector, RE investors in October 2019 proposed a set of measures to make the Guaranteed Buyer...

01.03.2020

RUSLANA PRESENTED A NEW POP- ART PROJECT – "WE ARE WIND"

Ruslana, a famous Ukrainian singer, winner of the Eurovision Song Contest in 2004 and   Global Ambassador for 100%RE, presented a new musical and futuristic performance dedicated to the global energy transition both to "green" sources of energy in general, and to wind energy in particular. The new musical project was presented on February 29, 2020 in Kyiv`s golf club “Cosmos Golf”, bringing together Ruslana`s friends, colleagues and people interested in the RES development. Through mass pop-culture, in light of pop-music and social futuristic, Ruslana popularizes clean energy and the advantages of its use not only in Ukraine, but all over the world. The event started with a singer’s press conference followed by demonstration of a new music video  “We are wind”. This video is unique, since its shooting took place at an altitude of 120 meters, on the platform of the 3.65 MW wind turbine’s gondola. This wind turbine is located at the Vindkraft Tavria’s...

28.02.2020

ENERGY TRANSITION IN UKRAINE IS FEASIBLE: RESULTS OF THE INTEGRATED POWER SYSTEM OF UKRAINE MODELLING BY 2050

Wärtsilä, a global leader in high precision modelling of power systems, in a recent study developed a mathematical model of the Integrated power system of Ukraine using PLEXOS® software – the specialized tool used for planning and optimization of power systems. Two scenarios for the development of the grid for the next 30 years have been analyzed. The results of modelling the development of the Ukrainian power system from today to 2050 were presented in Kyiv on February 26, 2020, at a specially organized event  " Energy Transition in Ukraine: What is the Optimal Path to Carbon-Neutral Power System?" The first, so-called optimal, scenario was based on the assumption that changes would definitely occur in the system due to replacement of old facilities by the new and efficient ones. The mathematical optimizer in the model has selected the optimal dispatch of the system for each 2 hours over a 30-year planning horizon to achieve the lowest cost of electricity....

18.02.2020

BLOOMBERG NEF: WIND CAPACITY DEVELOPMENT IN 2019

Global commissioning of wind turbines was up 22% in 2019, thanks to a bumper year in China and the U.S., and acceleration offshore. A further 24% jump, to 75GW, is expected in 2020. Developers commissioned almost 61GW of wind turbines globally in 2019, compared with 50GW in the previous year. Most of these were on land (88%) but the share of turbines installed offshore is growing, up four percentage points to 12%. Just four manufacturers accounted for more than half, or 55%, of the machines deployed: Denmark’s Vestas, Spain’s Siemens Gamesa, China’s Goldwind, and General Electric of the U.S. The latest data from Bloomberg NEF (BNEF) show that Vestas kept its crown as the world’s leading turbine maker. A busy year offshore propelled Siemens Gamesa to second place, up from fourth. The figures draw on BNEF’s global database of wind projects and extensive information from the industry. Of the top 10 onshore turbine makers, Vestas suffered the biggest slippage in its market...

14.02.2020

UWEA CALLS ON NEURC TO SOLVE PROBLEM OF DELAYED PAYMENTS TO RE GENERATORS

Ukraine Wind Energy Association calls upon National Energy and Utilities Regulatory Commission (NEURC) to set deadlines for approval of the cost of Guaranteed Buyer’s service to enhance the RES electricity generation share in electricity mix of the country (hereafter - Guaranteed Buyer’s service cost) in order to solve the problem related to delays in payments to “green” energy entities. At present, there is a problem of untimely payments to the RE producers from SE Guaranteed Buyer. One of the reasons for systemic budget deficit of SE Guaranteed Buyer is absence of deadline for the NEURC to approve Guaranteed Buyer’s service cost. According to the UWEA, the law stipulates that SE Guaranteed Buyer shall receive funds from the NEC Ukrenergo for further settlements with the RE generators only after the NEURC’s approval of the Guaranteed Buyer’s service cost. It is worth noting that the delays in approving the relevant documents were caused precisely by the NEURC itself....

31.01.2020

INVESTORS IN RENEWABLE ENERGY GATHERED TOGETHER IN KYIV

On 30 January, 2020, the platform “Euroconvention Global” organized the 3rd conference “RENPOWER UKRAINE 2020: RENEWABLE ENERGY & POWER INFRASTRUCTURE INVESTORS CONFERENCE” which brought together under one roof representatives of government, business and international organizations, developers of “green” projects, financiers, legal advisors, experts and, of course, investors in the renewable energy sector of Ukraine. Ukrainian Wind Energy Association was an information partner of the conference. The Ukrainian Power Sector faces many challenges and opportunities in the upcoming 20 years, including: high penetration of the RES, future decommissioning of the nuclear power units, technical conditions of the thermal power plants and many others. To find solutions to contemporary problems and to prevent the emergence of new ones, the following thematic sessions were held during the conference: state and prospects for developing energy system; the first 6 months of the new...

25.01.2020

RUSLANA PRESENTED A MUSIC VIDEO TO SUPPORT CLEAN ENERGY

This year the World Economic Forum, popularly known as the Davos Forum marked its 50th anniversary. 3,000 participants from around the world converged on Davos with the aim of helping governments and international institutions make progress toward fulfilling the Paris Agreement and the UN’s Sustainable Development Goals. For the first time since 2005, climate change threats have taken the top five out of the top ten key global challenges, overshadowing concerns about recession and economic inequality. On 23 January 2020 in Ukraine House Davos Global Ambassador RE100% Ruslana (Ruslana Lyzhychko) presented the first and so far unique of its kind, music video, which aims at promoting clean energy through pop music and creating image of the energy of the future. Ruslana began her speech by calling on the global community: “Without a prosperous environment there will be no prosperous economy. It is not enough just to “do something”. We have to do our utmost! For the...