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18.09.2020

INDUSTRY ASSOCIATIONS HELD A PRESS CONFERENCE ON THE CONSTITUTIONAL APPEAL BY 47 UKRAINIAN MPs

On September 16, 2020, leading RES industry associations: Ukrainian Wind Energy Association (“UWEA”), European-Ukrainian Energy Agency (“EUEA”), Ukrainian Association of Renewable Energy (“UARE”) as well as Solar Energy Association of Ukraine (“ASEU”) conducted a press conference “Ukraine's “green” energy is under threat! Who wants to cancel “green” tariffs in the Constitutional Court?”. Law Firm Arzinger, which represents RES associations’ interest, also participated in the press conference. In August 47 Members of the Ukrainian Parliament appealed to the Constitutional Court to declare the introduction of "green" tariff as unconstitutional. In early September 2020, UWEA, EUEA and UARE applied to the Constitutional Court of Ukraine on possibility to participate in the constitutional proceedings initiated by 47 MPs of Ukraine to declare some provisions of the Law of Ukraine No 555-IV “On Alternative Sources of Energy” dd 20.02.2003 and the Law of...

10.09.2020

UWEA APPLIED TO THE CONSTITUTIONAL COURT OF UKRAINE TO PARTICIPATE IN PROCEEDINGS AGAINST “GREEN” TARIFF

“Declaration of the “green” tariff as unconstitutional is an unprecedented sort of pressure on industry,” UWEA noted. On September 9, 2020, Public Union “Ukrainian Wind Energy Association” applied to the Constitutional Court of Ukraine on possibility to participate in involving to the constitutional proceedings initiated by 47 MPs of Ukraine to declare some provisions of the Law of Ukraine No 555-IV “On Alternative Sources of Energy” dd 20.02.2003 and the Law of Ukraine No 2019-VIII “On Electricity Market” dd 13.04.2017 as unconstitutional. More specifically, the deputies considered introduction of he “green” tariff mechanism as unconstitutional. Considering that the UWEA members actively involved in the RES sector of Ukraine in line with the above mentioned Laws and sell electricity at “green” tariffs, impartial proceedings is impossible without taking into account the position of the whole industry, which is one of the largest contributors to the State...

04.08.2020

ANTI-CRISIS MEASURES TO SUPPORT RENEWABLES

The modern renewable energy sector (“RES”) of Ukraine has faced an energy crisis with the consequences continued to be felt even after the MoU between the RES investors and the Government was signed and the corresponding Law of Ukraine No 810-IX passed the Parliament. On-going nonpayment for “green” electricity delivered affects the RES companies` budget as well as their ability to repay on banks` loans. To ensure further balanced, competitive and sustainable development of renewables in Ukraine, on August 4, 2020, the Ukrainian Chamber of Commerce and Industry (“UCCI”) hosted an expert meeting “Anti-crises Measures to Support Renewable Energies” supported by the Ministry of Energy of Ukraine and co-organised by the UCCI, Ukrainian Wind Energy Association and the law firm Sayenko Kharenko. Besides the representatives of the organizers, the following speakers also participated in the expert discussion: Oleksiy Ryabchyn, Advisor to the Deputy Prime Minister for European...

31.07.2020

THE PRESIDENT OF UKRAINE SIGNED THE LAW ON CONDITION OF SUPPORT FOR RES

On 31 July 2020, the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelenskyy signed the Law No 810-ІХ “On the Amendments to Certain Laws of Ukraine on Improving the Conditions of Support for Electricity Production from Alternative Energy Sources”. The Bill based on the provisions of the Memorandum of Understanding concluded between the Government of Ukraine and RES business community on 10 June 2020, provides for lowering “green” tariff for wind and solar, establishes the terms of “green” electricity off-taker debt restructuring, determines RES generators’ liability for imbalances and introduces the “green” auctions. The Bill provides for the following “green” tariff restructuring: 1. The reduction of the “green” tariff for solar power plants (SPPs) and wind power plants (WPPs), commissioned from 1 July 2015 to 31 December 2019: For SPPs with the installed capacity equal to or exceeding 1 MW - by 15%; For SPPs with the installed capacity up to 1 MW - by 7,5%; For...

21.07.2020

UKRAINE FOR RENEWABLE ENERGY!!!

In 2008, Ukraine committed itself to develop renewable energy. In 2017, these commitments were reflected in the Energy Strategy of Ukraine until 2035, according to which the share of “green” energy in the Ukraine`s energy mix should reach 25% by 2025. Over 10 years of its existence (since 2009, the year of introducing feed-in tariff in Ukraine), renewable energy sector has: - attracted €10 billion of investments; - modernized power grids amounting to almost € 0.5 billion; - created 30,000 jobs (direct and indirect); - established high-tech manufactures; - paid UAH 94 billion (around € 3 billion) in taxes, of which UAH 20 billion (around € 630 million) - only in 2019. However, for more than 10 months, the renewable energy industry has been in a deep crisis caused by the authorities' intention to reduce the “green” tariff retrospectively, which has resulted in suspension of further RES projects development. In addition, the government has been pressuring RES...

17.07.2020

OPEN LETTER TO THE CHAIRMAN OF THE VERKHOVNA RADA OF UKRAINE ON SUPPORT FOR THE BILL NO 3658

On 17 July 2020, the Ukrainian Wind Energy Association called on the Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine Dmytro Razumkov to personally facilitate the speedy adoption of the Draft Law No 3658 and, at the same time, expressed its indignation at the 1299 amendments to the Bill`s text proposed by MPs. “The adoption of amendments which deliberately worsen the conditions for investors and RES producers and contradict the provisions of both the MoU and original Draft No 3658 which has passed its first reading, will violate the state guarantees given to the investors. We cannot ignore the fact that such scenario will inevitably affect the confidence of international investors and partners to the Ukraine and our business climate and cause the negative consequences. These include, among others, possible defaults under existing loan agreements, numerous appeals to the national courts and international tribunals, and the termination of international funding for renewable and other...

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...