On 25-27 September 2019 Tashkent hosted a three-day international investment conference “Energy Week Uzbekistan 2019” organised by the British company “Invest in Network”. The UWEA was an official information partner of the event.
Energy Week Uzbekistan was held under the auspices of the Government of Uzbekistan to demonstrate prospects of the country’s energy sector and to unlock the potential of international cooperation. The event covered the country’s whole electric power industry with mix of generating sources and strong focus on renewable energy as well as transmission and distribution networks.
More than 250 representatives of the energy community from different European and Asian countries participated in the conference including representatives of international financial institutions: World Bank, IFC, GIZ, AIIB, companies operating in the global renewable energy sector: SkyPower Global, Dongfang Electric, LONGi Solar, Jinko Solar, Acciona Energia, Vestas, Risen Energy, GLOBAL Hydro Energy, ABB and many others.
The numerous guests of the event were addressed by welcome speeches from Head of the European Union Delegation in Uzbekistan Eduard Stiprais, Jörg Pudelka, Country Director of GIZ in Uzbekistan, President of the American Chamber of Commerce in Uzbekistan Hugo Minderhoud and Vice President of SkyPоwer Global Michael Kasumov.
RES projects the Uzbekistan government is going to auction - 100 MW solar plants in Navoiy region, combined cycle TES in Sirdaryo region and 500 MW wind farm in Karakalpakstan - were introduced to the delegates.
During focus sessions the participants discussed the current status, prospects and possible barriers to hydropower, solar and wind energy development in Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan and Tajikistan, project financing sources and “green” energy forecasts.
The round table dedicated to international cooperation and incentives aimed at further development of the Central Asian electricity markets once again convincingly demonstrated that only the state support of RES favourable for investors could make possible a transition from the out-dated fossil fuel-based energy system to a modern RES based energy system.
The Head of the UWEA Board, WWEA Vice-President Andriy Konechenkov, who moderated the discussion, called on the national industry associations of Uzbekistan, Kyrgyzstan, Kazakhstan and Tajikistan to join the 100% RES platform to accelerate the transition to a carbon-free economy and meet the goals of the Paris Agreement on Climate Change.
Uzbekistan Energy Week 2019 is a significant event in the energy sector of Central Asia and the first independent platform for the renewable energy sector of Uzbekistan in the B2B format.