On 4 September 2018, the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine adopted in the second reading draft law No. 8015 "On the Amendment of Certain Laws of Ukraine Regarding Investment Attractiveness of the Construction of Renewable Energy Objects" (the "Draft Law"). The Draft Law aims at eliminating administrative barriers during the construction of wind power plants and enhancing investment attractiveness of the wind power sector of Ukraine.

The Draft Law contemplates that a wind power plant can be assigned the insignificant consequence class (CC1), provided there is a positive conclusion of the relevant authority in charge of environmental impact assessment. In this event, it will be possible to commence construction woks following developer's notice on the commencement of construction works served on the relevant architectural and construction control authority. Commissioning of a wind power plant will be carried out upon registration of the declaration of readiness for commissioning submitted by a developer with the relevant authorities.

Consequently, it will not be required for a wind power plant classified as CC1 to obtain a permit for the performance of construction works, undertake mandatory examination (expertise) of design documentation or execute a certificate confirming the plant commissioning, as this is currently the case with a higher consequence class, CC2, which is usually assigned to wind power plants.

The Draft Law should be signed by the Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine and submitted to President of Ukraine for signature. It should take effect on the day following its official publication. The enactment of the law is expected to considerably facilitate and expedite implementation of wind power projects, and promote investment in the industry.

Text of the Law is available in Ukrainian at: