On November 28, 2017, within the framework of international conference and exhibition WindEurope 2017 hold in Amsterdam, Netherlands, the Ukrainian Wind Energy Association (UWEA) and the Turkish Wind Energy Association (TWEA) signed a Memorandum on Partnership and Cooperation.

Following the signing of the Memorandum the first working meeting between the representatives of UWEA and TWEA was organised the same day, during which representatives of the wind energy sectors of Ukraine and Turkey discussed the possibilities of cooperation aimed at the large-scale implementation of wind energy technologies and the further successful development of the sector.

The objective of the Memorandum is to promote a mutually beneficial partnership and cooperation between the associations in the field of wind energy to promote the transition to low carbon economies.

Both associations intend to direct their efforts on effective cooperation on promoting the spread of practices and experience of using wind energy technologies in power engineering, development of national manufacture of wind power equipment.

The following topics have been identified for cooperation between the TWEA and the UWEA under the framework of the Memorandum:

  • Mutual knowledge sharing regarding development of wind technologies;
  • Integration of high penetration of wind energy into electricity system and power system stability;
  • Strengthening the cooperation between Ukrainian and Turkish companies, institutions regarding development of wind energy;
  • Organisation of joint workshops, seminars and business trips devoted to wind energy issues.

According to the TWEA, the total installed capacity of wind power in Turkey reached 6106 MW in 2016. Over the past 5 years, the wind energy industry has shown high growth rates - 27-29%. 1387,75 MW was put into operation only in 2016. Similar results are expected for 2017 (exact data will be released early 2018).

According to Andriy Konechenkov, UWEA Chairman “the high rates of wind energy deployment in Turkey show excellent results of the wind energy penetration into the national energy system”.

“The Turkish wind industry has been engaged in finding solutions to the reliable operation of the national grid with high RES penetration, balancing, conducting auctions, bonus system for local equipment much more longer comparing to us, here in Uraine. There is much to learn from our colleagues in Turkey,” said Andriy Konechenkov.