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23.02.2017

TECHNICAL AND LEGAL ASPECTS OF IMPLEMENTING WIND ENERGY PROJECTS IN UKRAINE

Workshop entitled “Technical and legal aspects of implementing wind energy projects in Ukraine. Prospects for development” organised by the Ukrainian Wind Energy Association in cooperation with Law Firm Dentons and Deutsche WindGuard GmbH was successfully held in Kiev on 23 February 2017. 

Key issues discussed at the event included: technical management of a wind farm, possibilities for financing, legal abd practical aspects of implementing wind projects in Ukraine, current status of wind industry and priorities for development in 2017. 

The workshop was attended by representatives of the Ukrainian wind companies - members of the UWEA, international and Ukrainian financial institutions, state industry bodies. The Speakers’ presentations were followed by an open and lively discussion on thematic topics.

A comprehensive presentation on technical management of a wind farm was made by Leif Rehfeldt from Deutsche WindGuard. He highlighted main aspects of technical management and cited examples from his company experience gained in Germany and China. Leif stressed the importance of professional technical management for a successful operation of a wind farm. “Deutsche WindGuard has been active in the Ukrainian wind energy market for many years and has identified a significant optimization potential for the existing wind farms through a professional and independent technical management” stated Leif Rehfeldt.

In his presentation devoted to the legal aspects of implementing a wind project in Ukraine Maksym Sysoiev, senior associate in Dentons’ Kyiv office, pointed out “Changes in the “green” tariff legislation in mid-2015 created grounds for developing renewable energy generation projects, in particular for wind energy projects in Ukraine, and raised great interest of both international and Ukrainian investors. However, not all regulatory barriers were eliminated for wind energy projects in 2015 and 2016. Moreover, new challenges appeared for the industry that needs attention on the part of the market players to overcome such challenges”.

Olexander Mykhailovskiy from the National Energy and Utilities Regulatory Commission of Ukraine underlined the effectiveness of “green” tariff system in Ukraine and presented cases when a relative premium to the feed-in tariff was granted to wind generators for using wind equipment of Ukrainian origin. 

“Today the future of the Ukrainian energy sector in the nearest future is decided. Introduction of ‘green’ energy technologies, including the construction of new wind farms, is the way to energy independence, economic development of the regions and creation of new jobs,” said Andriy Konechenkov, Board Chairman of UWEA and Vice President of the World Wind Energy Association. “But the process of designing and constructing any energy objects must clearly comply with international rules. European experience shows that the optimal use of wind energy technologies may radically change the energy system and promote the use of renewable sources of energy generation.”