A scientific and practical conference “Implementation of the Law of Ukraine “On the Electricity Market” was held in Slavske, Lviv region, from 12 March to 15 March 2019. The issues discussed at the conference included the current status of the energy sector and energy market of Ukraine, information support and monitoring of electricity supply security in the new electricity market, forecast and daily power production etc. Timely transition to a new model of the Ukrainian electricity market and elimination of barriers that delay this process was also a focus of discussion.

The conference was attended by the experts responsible for implementing a new model of the electricity market, including representatives from the State Enterprise NPC Ukrenergo, State Enterprise Energorynok, distribution system operators and electricity supply companies, State Enterprise National Nuclear Energy Generating Company Energoatom, DTEK-Energo, PJSC Centrenergo, PJSC Ukrhydroenergo, JSC Ukrzaliznytsya (Ukrainian Railways), different thermal power plants. For the first time the Ukrainian Wind Energy Association took part in this event.

Based on the assessment of the Law of Ukraine “On Electricity Market” done by the representatives from the State Enterprise NPC Ukrenergo, the conference participants noted the urgent need for legal regulation of issues related to the electricity supply security monitoring and the introduction of balancing and ancillary services markets.

According to experts, one of the key issues of the modern electricity market of Ukraine is the development of methods and tools for a day-ahead hourly forecasting of power generation from wind and solar. These methods and tools should be developed and agreed prior to the enactment of the Law, while such process requires additional time and funding. The methods and tools for forecasting to be applied in the market should provide an accuracy of forecasting within 5% tolerance margin. To ensure such level of accuracyit is necessary to have quality retrospective data on the operation of solar and wind power plants and day-ahead meteorological forecast.

“Currently, the RE development in Ukraine is not consistent with the balancing possibilities”, noted in his presentation Anatoly Lapko, head of the Assessing generation adequacy group of the Energy Regimes Accounts Division of the Electric Power Dispatching Department, State Enterprise NPC Ukrenergo. “There are several solutions to address the issue including, for example, power plants with a fast start capabilities or highly-manoeuvrable gas generation”.

A special working group was set up to prepare proposals and comments to the relevant ministries and institutions to expedite the implementation of the Law “On Electricity Market”.

Andriy Konechenkov, Chairman of the UWEA Board, Vice President of the WWEA, was elected to the Working Group

The conference was organized by the Scientific and Technical Union of Power Engineers of Ukraine, Ministry of Energy and Coal Industry of Ukraine, State Enterprise NPC Ukrenergo, NEURC, National University Lviv Polytechnic, Vinnitsa Scientific and Technical University.