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30.07.2019

UWEA HELD A MEETING WITH A “GUARANTEED BUYER”

On 30 July 2019, the UWEA organized a meeting between the UWEA members and SE “Guaranteed Buyer” to discuss the situation that has arisen in the electricity market. The meeting was attended by representatives of the member-companies of UWEA: Management Company “Wind Farms of Ukraine”, Clear Energy, Ukrainian Wind Group, DTEK Renewables, Vindkraft Ukraine and Sayenko Kharenko Law Firm. Konstantin Petrykovets, Director of the SE “Guaranteed Buyer” said: “We are taking steps to meet our obligations to renewable electricity producers. We filed an appeal against the court decision on the tariff of NPC “Ukrenergo”, a petition to accelerate its consideration, appealed to the President of Ukraine, held many meetings”. The Chairman of the UWEA Board, Andriy Konechenkov proposed SE “Guaranteed Buyer” to keep informing the association with possible problems that may occur with delayed payments, and expressed hope for further cooperation and future actions on stabilizing...

29.07.2019

GE AND LONGWING UNLOCK FINANCING AND TECHNOLOGY FOR FIRST PHASE OF ZAPORIZHIA WIND FARM IN UKRAINE

According to GE press release published on 25 July 2019 GE and LongWing Energy S.C.A. (“LongWing”) reached financial close on a $150MM debt financing package for the first phase of the Zaporizhia Wind Farm, in the Zaporizhia region in southeast Ukraine.The phase one 98-megawatt (“MW”) project is expected to produce over 330,000MWh of clean energy per year and power approximately 170,000 households. The transaction marks GE’s fourth wind farm project in Ukraine to be financed and equipped with GE wind turbine technology. Financing will enable the build-out of phase one, which will comprise 27 GE Renewable Energy 3.6 MW onshore wind turbines with a rotor diameter of 137 meter, a hub height of 110 meters, and a 15-year Full-Service Agreement (“FSA”). GE Energy Financial Services (“GE EFS”), as a minority equity investor, worked with the Overseas Private Investment Corporation (“OPIC”), the U.S. Government's development finance institution, to unlock project...

26.07.2019

OPEN LETTER TO THE PRESIDENT OF UKRAINE ON SUSPENSION OF PAYMENT FOR “GREEN” ELECTRICITY

Dear Volodymyr Oleksandrovych, Public Union “Ukrainian Wind Energy Association”, which unites all the national wind power producers (hereinafter - UWEA), expresses its sincere gratitude for your attention to the Ukrainian electricity industry, which has began to work effectively in market conditions, and further development of the energy sector. As it is known, since July this year during a meeting with business representatives in Toronto (Canada), you have encouraged Canadian businesses to invest in Ukraine, particularly in the production of “green” energy. You also assured them of the total support for their planned projects and investment protection. However, recently a situation that has a negative impact on the investment climate in the market of “green”energy of Ukraine has arisen. Please be aware of our concern regarding the decision of the Kyiv Regional Administrative Court, which suspended the regulations of NEURC (National Energy and Utilities Regulatory...

19.07.2019

JOINT MEMORANDUM ON THE ORGANIZATION OF WIND TURBINES MANUFACTURE IN UKRAINE

On 18 July, 2019 in Kiev, the State Enterprise Production Association Yuzhny Machine-Building Plant named after A.M. Makarov, the State Enterprise Plant Electrotyazhmash, WIND FARM LLC and the German company Fuhrländer International Sustainable Business Management signed a Memorandum of Intent on Cooperation. WIND FARM has been implementing a wind project in the Nikol and Mangush districts of the Donetsk region with a total installed capacity of 800 MW. It is determinative that WIND FARM supports domestic production of wind power equipment and began to cooperate with all parties who will be involved in establishing local wind turbine manufacture in Ukraine. “The capacity of a new project is sufficient to form orders portfolio for establishing wind turbine manufacture in Ukraine. This approach opens up new opportunities for the wind energy sector development within the new policy framework in our country”, underlined Yury Zhabsky, WIND FARM Director and the UWEA Board...

12.07.2019

MEMORANDUM ON COOPERATION AGAINST ENVIRONMENTAL MANIPULATIONS SIGNED BY HEADS OF 15 UKRAINIAN ASSOCIATIONS

On 12 July 2019, a briefing “Manipulations with Environmental Information: Price for Ukraine” initiated by the Professional Association of Environmentalists of Ukraine was held at the Ukrainian News Information Agency. The briefing brought together the heads of 15 associations of Ukraine active in such sectors of Ukrainian economy as energy, metallurgy and agriculture and water management. Manipulations with Environmental information aimed at reaching some political or commercial purposes have recently become a dangerous trend in the world, which, unfortunately, has also spread to Ukraine. This urges Ukrainian business to join forces to counteract such phenomena, when certain politicians or business competitors through the created “environmental” organizations call for the closure of certain promising projects and important enterprises, spread unverified and sometimes frankly fake information and manipulate the public. Many vivid examples of such cases being recorded in...

11.07.2019

RENEWABLES EXPERTS OPPOSED THE DECISION OF THE KIEV DISTRICT ADMINISTRATIVE COURT

On 10 July 2019 leading RE industry associations held a press conference titled “The Kyiv District Administration Court Judgement could generate a crisis in the Renewable Energy Sector of Ukraine”. The press conference was organised by the Ukrainian Renewable Energy Association in the Ukrinform news agency. Due to the court’s decision on the suit of Nikopol Ferroalloy Plant on suspension of the NEURC’s resolutions No. 954 and No. 955 from June 7, 2019 (these resolutions set the tariffs for the SE “NEC “Ukrenergo” for electricity transmission and dispatching management services), non-payment to producers of electricity from RES is expected. The RE indusry associations called on the Kyiv District Administrative Court to overturn its wrongful decision to suspend the NEURC's resolutions in order to avoid possible negative consequences both for the development of RES in Ukraine and for the state as a whole. Speaking at the press conference, Andriy Konechenkov, the Chairman...

08.07.2019

RENEWABLES vs NUCLEAR

On 4 July 2019 a public debate on the topic of the roles of renewable energy and nuclear power was organised by the World Wind Energy Association (WWEA) in Recife, Pernambuco, Brazil, in preparation of the 18th World Wind Energy Conference 2019 (WWEC2019), which would take place in Rio de Janeiro in November 2019. The pre-event has started the debate on the integration of available energy sources and how to optimise synergies. The crucial question will be how Brazil, being blessed with an abundance of renewable resources, can make best use of the technologies in its national energy mix.  Experts from Brazil, Germany, Japan and Ukraine discussed the future energy supply system together with more than 200 participants in light of the climate crisis, environmental pollution and a strong increase in energy demand in countries like Brazil. There was broad consensus amongst all speakers and participants that wind and solar energy are today the cheapest energy sources, in...

02.07.2019

EXPERIENCE OF BRAZIL IN RES DEVELOPMENT FOR UKRAINE

Ukraine's transition to the New Electricity Market requires the implementation of new market management approaches, including electricity trading through auctions. Brazil with share of RES in national electricity generation reaching 83 %, could be a good example to follow From 25 to 29 June 2019, at the invitation of the Finnish corporation Wärtsilä, the world leader in technical solutions for energy systems integration, the Ukrainian delegation headed by Olga Buslavets, General Director of Energy Markets Directorate of the Ministry of Energy and Coal Industry of Ukraine, visited Brazil to exchange experiences in renewable energy development field. T Ukrainian the delegation included Andriy Konechenkov, Chairman of the UWEA Board. The Ukrainians had meetings with top management of National Electric System Operator of Brazil (ONS), Brazilian Electricity Regulatory Agency (ANEEL), State Analytical Company for Energy Market Research (EPE) and Energy Consulting Company PSR. In early...

23.06.2019

THE WORLD RENEW DAY

About 3 000 experts gathered together for International Climate Change Conference opened on June 17, 2019 in Bonn to address numerous implementation issues under the Paris Agreement. The Bonn Climate Change Conference hosted a wide range of events, meetings and negotiating session to set the stage for raising ambition to curb greenhouse gas emissions, accelerate resilience-building efforts, and ensure that climate policy is built on a solid foundation of the best available science and knowledge. The Ukrainian delegation headed by Svetlana Grinchuk included representatives of the Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources of Ukraine and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs of Ukraine. Representatives of public organizations of Ukraine – Center for Environmental Initiatives Ecoaction (Ecodiya) and the Ukrainian Wind Energy association (EWEA) - participated as observers.   Initiated by the Global 100% Renewable energy initiative and by Renewable Energy Ambassador Ruslana in...