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01.02.2019

GLOBAL 100% RENEWABLE ENERGY FOR UKRAINE

On 31 January 2019 a press conference dedicated to the GLOBAL 100% RE UKRAINE platform was held in Kiev. The event was initiated by the RE industry associations of Ukraine, while the idea was inspired by Ruslana Lyzhychko, Ambassador for the Global 100% RE. The conference started with an online bridge with the GLOBAL 100% RE platform headquarters in Bonn, Germany. Member of the GLOBAL 100% RE Executive Committee, Secretary General of the World Wind Energy Association Stefan Gsunger expressed support to Ukraine and all organizations that had joined the transition of the energy sector to renewable energy sources. “As the Ambassador for the Global RE 100%, pursuing the interests of multilateral cooperation, without which the development of renewable energy in Ukraine and Ukraine's integration into the global process of transition to 100% RES is impossible, I initiate a multilateral dialogue. Such synergy is not only relevant, it is a necessary condition to achieve a common goal - the...

24.01.2019

DAVOS STRENGTHENS UKRAINE'S PATH TO RENEWABLE ENERGY

On January 23, 2019, in Davos, in the presence of President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko, an agreement was signed between the Norwegian company NBT, the French company Total Eren and the European Bank for Reconstruction and Development to raise finding for the Sivash project implemented by Syvashenergopom Company in Kherson region. Total Eren, the renewables arm of oil and gas giant Total, enters the Ukrainian market together with the Norwegian NBT and will invest in the construction of the 250 MW Sivash Wind Farm. Total investments exceeds 350 mln euros, among which 150 mln euros will be provided by the EBRD together with a consortium of several banks. Speaking at the signing ceremony, the President of Ukraine Petro Poroshenko emphasized: "I think that today it is a very important characteristic when every day, every week, every month investments come to Ukraine. It is very important that they come with the well-known French companies. It is very important that they come in such a...

23.01.2019

CLEAN ENERGY INVESTMENT EXCEEDED $300 BILLION ONCE AGAIN IN 2018

Global clean energy investment totalled $332.1 billion in 2018, down 8% on 2017. Last year was the fifth in a row in which investment exceeded the $300 billion mark, according to authoritative figures from research company BloombergNEF (BNEF). There were sharp contrasts between clean energy sectors in terms of the change in dollar investment last year. Wind investment rose 3% to $128.6 billion, with offshore wind having its second-highest year. Money committed to smart meter rollouts and electric vehicle company financings also increased. However, the most striking shifts were in solar. Overall investment in that sector dropped 24% to $130.8 billion. Part of this reduction was due to sharply declining capital costs. BNEF’s global benchmark for the cost of installing a megawatt of photovoltaic capacity fell 12% in 2018 as manufacturers slashed selling prices in the face of a glut of PV modules on the world market. India is one of the countries with the lowest capital costs per...

16.01.2019

OPEN MEETING OF THE UWEA BOARD

On 15 January 2019, at the open meeting of the UWEA Board Andriy Konechenkov, Chairman of the UWEA Board made a report on the Association's activities in 2018. In 2018, the UWEA Secretariat and Board participated in more than 50 industrial events, including conferences, public hearings, meetings of the Verkhovna Rada Committee on Fuel and Energy Complex, Nuclear Policy and Nuclear Safety. UWEA was active in the process of discussing draft laws and regulations on the development of the renewable energy sector in Ukraine. Currently, 52 companies are members of the Ukrainian Wind Energy Association, including 42 Ukrainian and 10 foreign ones. Eight (out of 10) Board members and 17 representatives of UWEA companies-members attended the open meeting of the UWEA Board meeting. The UWEA Secretariat's work was unanimously assessed as satisfactory for the year 2018. A draft UWEA Work Plan for 2019 was presented to the audience.

11.01.2019

THE NINTH SESSION OF THE ASSEMBLY OF IRENA

The ninth session of the Assembly of International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) started on 11 January 2019 at the St Regis Saadiyat Island, Abu Dhabi, United Arab Emirates. Heads of state and governments, more than 120 ministers and representatives from 160 countries gathered to engage in high-level discussions to accelerate renewable energy deployment in support of the sustainable development goals and global climate objectives. This is the largest number of ministerial level participants to have registered for an IRENA Assembly ever. In his welcome address, Director-General of IRENA Adnan Z. Amin announced that four new members joined IRENA - Canada, Paraguay, Chad, Turkmenistan and 23 countries - in the accession process. Canada became the Agency’s 160th member to join the global intergovernmental organisation dedicated to the widespread adoption of renewable energy. The annual growth of RES capacity in 2018 reached a world record of 170 GW, of which wind and solar projects...

02.01.2019

FOR THE FIRST TIME IN THE WORLD THE SUN ROSE ОN THE NEW YEAR'S EVE!

An increasing number of countries, regions and cites is joining the Global campaign “100% RE”. On New Year's Eve 2019 in Ukraine, in the centre of Bessarabia – town of Izmail, Ruslana Lyzhychko, the Eurovision Song Contest winner and Ambassador 100% RE in the world, conducted the interesting promotion campaign – RE New Year during which she convincingly demonstrated the reality and technical possibility of switching to renewable energy sources. Solar panels and solar energy storage tanks were installed near the venue and provided the entire complex with 100% clean energy. In their special video messages Secretary General of the World Wind Energy Association, a member of the Executive Committee of the World Platform Global 100% RE, Stefan Gsuenger (Germany) and WindEurope CEO Giles Dickson (Brussels) sent their greetings to the participants. Hans-Josef Fell, one of the world's key experts and co-author of the German “green” tariff shared his ideas on the importance for...

20.12.2018

PUBLIC HEARINGS ON EIA FOR KALANCHAK WPP WERE HELD SUCCESSFULLY IN KHERSON REGION

Public hearing meetings on the results of the environmental impact assessment for the Kalanchak Wind Power Plant (Kalanchak WPP) with a total installed capacity of
300 MW were successfully held on December 19 and 20, 2018. The hearings were held in four amalgamated territorial communities of Kalanchak and Chaplynka districts of Kherson region. The public hearing meetings were attended by representatives of local communities, the Ukrainian Wind Energy Association, scientists-authors of the Scientific Report on the Natural Complexes Impact Assessment for the Kalanchak WPP and a company “Eco Svit” - the author of the Report on Environmental Impact Assessment for the Kalanchak Wind Power Plant. The public hearing meetings were organized by the Department of Ecology and Natural Resources of the Kherson Region State Administration. Anatoliy Vlasenko, General Director of Vindkraft Kalanchak, LLC presented the project to local communities and the company's development plans. Andriy...

18.12.2018

THE FIRST ECO-OSCARS IN UKRAINE WERE AWARDED IN KYIV

Business forum “ECOTransformation of Ukraine. Stakeholders of Green Change-2018”, hold on 17 December 2018 in Kiev, gathered the EСO leaders, famous industry experts, and executives of leading enterprises. The forum participants presented their main achievements in the spheres of ecology, renewable energies and energy saving & efficiency, the environmental solutions which were implemented in Ukraine to the best advantage. The Forum opened with ECO-Oscar award ceremony during which Diplomas “Green Change Stakeholder” and statues “Ecotransformation-2018” were awarded to 50 Green Change Stakeholders for their significant contribution to the “green” transformation of Ukraine. “Activity in the EСO field is similar to our award which is made in the form of a cube that states only on one corner; it is multifaceted, combines the state, business, community and science for the sake of the future life, Ukraine's compliance with all international environmental...

18.12.2018

LEADING UKRAINIAN ASSOCIATIONS CALL FOR EARLY ADOPTION OF THE NEW RES SUPPORT SYSTEM IN UKRAINE

On 17 December 17 2018, UNIAN (Kyiv) hosted a press conference on the early adoption of the draft law No. 8449-d (a compromise version of seven alternative draft laws) on the transition from the “green” tariff to a new system of renewable energy support through the introduction of the auction mechanism since 2020. Leading associations and the stakeholders of the Ukrainian renewable energy market expressed their concern about the current situation, which may negatively affect the further development of “green” energy and the Ukraine’s intention to strengthen its energy independence. Following the introduction of the “green” tariff system in Ukraine, the number of grid-connected renewable energy capacities increased to 2 GW, investments in the national RE sector to 1.4 bln euros. However, the situation could be significantly if a new RE support system is not introduced in the country. During 2018, Ukrainian MPs prepared a draft law No. 8449-d, which provides for changes...

14.12.2018

PRODUCTION AND USE OF HYDROGEN OFFERS ALTERNATIVE ENERGY PATHWAYS TO SUSTAINABLE DEVELOPMENT

A meeting between the Ukrainian Wind Energy Association (UWEA), the Energy Association Ukrainian Hydrogen Council (UHC) and the German Hydrogen and Fuel Cell Association took place in Berlin on 13 December 2018. The partners discussed the opportunities for hydrogen and renewable development in Ukraine, including issues such as production and use of hydrogen in industry, transport (trucks, buses, trains) wind and solar for H2, grid balancing etc.  It was agreed that the experiences in hydrogen-business and R&D in Germany might help to implement a hydrogen strategy in the Ukraine, which UHC is planning to present at Second International Wind Hydrogen Conference in Kyiv in May 2019. The participants consented to work on a draft program for a comprehensive study on the possibilities for hydrogen applications in the Ukraine with a focus on wind-solar-hydrogen. The parties signed a tripartite Memorandum on Cooperation and Partnership between the Ukrainian Wind Energy Association,...