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16.07.2021

THE UWEA PARTICIPATED IN THE 12th ANNUL ADAM SMITH UKRAINIAN ENERGY FORUM

On July 14-16, 2021, the 12th annual Adam Smith Ukrainian Energy Forum was held at the Parkovy Congress and Exhibition Centre in Kyiv. This year forum was focused on the progress made by the government in establishing domestic energy independence via the signing of eight new PSAs, developing a fully-fledged domestic market for gas, electricity and RES markets, and integrating Ukraine into the European energy market. The Ukrainian Energy Forum brought together more than 80 speakers from different spheres, in particular representatives of the public authorities, international financial and business organizations, foreign embassies to Ukraine and energy market players. More than 400 delegates participated in practical discussions on new business opportunities for business, power industry and international community. Denys Shmyhal, Prime Minister of Ukraine, in his welcome speech noted that the decarbonization of the economy and energy sector is the main global trend. According...

15.07.2021

THE EUROPEAN COMMISSION PRESENTED THE “FIT FOR 55” PACKAGE

The ‘Fit for 55’ package presented on 14 July, 2021 by the European Commission is a set of legislative proposals on EU Climate & Energy policy that aim to support the delivery of the European Green Deal. The EU has now committed to become the first climate neutral continent in the world by 2050. This requires a major overhaul of the way of life e.g. how the EU produce energy and raw materials, drive, insulate homes, manage land. To reach net zero within only three decades time the EU increased its greenhouse emissions target for 2030 from the current 40% to 55%. The European Commission also presented a number of strategies to accelerate the energy transition e.g. the Offshore Renewable Energy Strategy (November 2019), EU Industrial Strategy (March 2020; updated June 2021), the Energy System Integration and Hydrogen Strategies (June 2020).  All of these require a huge expansion in wind energy. The Commission’s decarbonisation scenarios see wind accounting for 50% of...

06.07.2021

THE UWEA PARTICIPATED IN THE PREMIER ANNUAL CONFERENCE CISOLAR 2021

On July 6, 2021, Kyiv hosted CISOLAR 2021, the 10th solar energy conference and trade show of Central and Eastern Europe. The event was organized, in particular, in sponsorship and with the support of EDS and KNESS, the UWEA Member Companies. The Ukrainian Wind Energy Association (UWEA) became an information partner of the event. CISOLAR is the main business platform of the solar energy industry which for the last ten years in a row has gathered all representatives of public authorities, RES associations, PV market players and society stakeholders to get the market insights and to discuss the current and further development of the solar power sector in Ukraine. The first day of the Conference was devoted to “green” transition as an inevitable process for Ukraine. Participants discussed the major trends in global energy development, the ways of decarbonizing energy sector, new energy technological drivers and industry infrastructure projects. Conference’s ...

02.07.2021

THE UWEA’s REPRESENTATIVES MET WITH DIRECTOR OF THE SE GUARANTEED BUYER

On 2 July, 2021, the representatives of the UWEA met with Konstantin Petrykovets, Director of SE Guaranteed Buyer, to discuss key problems of the renewable energy sector, namely, the issue of indebtedness and possible ways of its resolution, potential introduction of excise tax on RES electricity and imbalances. In order to increase transparency and prevent any manipulations in the market, it was agreed that the SE Guaranteed Buyer (Guaranteed Buyer) would provide more detailed information on its activity in all market segments. The discussion focused on the issue of the debts to “green” generation. According to Mr. Petrykovets, the debts incurred to the RES generators in 2020 currently amounts to UAH 16,3 billion. Commenting on debts accumulated in 2021 Konstantin Petrykovets stated: “The main reason for incomplete payments for current “green” electricity deliveries is a failure of NPC Ukrenergo to sign relevant certificates required for settlements with the RES...

24.06.2021

PRESENTATION OF THE CHILDREN’S BOOK “SEKRETY VITRY” AT THE INTERNATIONAL BOOK ARSENAL FESTIVAL IN KYIV

The wide range of books presented at this year’s International Book Arsenal Festival in Kyiv includes the first Ukrainian book on wind power for kids “Sekrety vitry” (Secrets of Wind). The presentation of the book initiated by the Ukrainian Wind Energy Association, co-sponsored by the Heinrich Böll Foundation Kyiv Office Ukraine and the UWEA and published by the publishing house “Ridna Mova” took place on 24vJune 2021. The book was presented by its authors - Galyna Shmidt, Member of the UWEA Board, and Galyna Maniv, children’s writer from “Ridna mova” publishing house on 24 June 2021.  Oksana Kravchenko and Iryna Sankovska, eco-speakers from public organization “Zelena Hvulya”, told the children about the climate change and conducted an interesting quiz. The event took place in the form of interactive discussion, during which the authors were able to talk with the children about the environment, their green habits, renewable energy sources and, of course,...

16.06.2021

INTERNATIONAL WEBINAR “OFFSHORE WIND FARMS IN THE BLACK SEA: UKRAINE & TURKEY”

Symbolically, on Global Wind Day, June 15, 2021, two leading associations: Ukrainian Wind Energy Association and Turkish Offshore Wind Energy Association dedicated their joint webinar to the promising market for both countries of the Black Sea region - offshore wind power. Ukraine and Turkey have considerable and still unexploited technical potential of offshore wind energy. According to the World Bank, the technical potential of offshore wind power in the Black Sea basin reaches 435 GW, 70 GW of which accounts for Turkish maritime territory. Ukraine, in turn, is a country which not only possesses half of this total technical capacity (251 GW) but also has an additional and significant potential in its shallow water. In addition,  Ukraine considers offshore wind technologies as a basis for “green” hydrogen production. Within the two sessions of the webinar, the speakers covered a wide range of issues: from the current status of global offshore wind power and wind potential...

15.06.2021

THE ROUND TABLE TALKS BETWEEN RES INVESTORS AND STATE AUTHORITIES

On Global Wind Day, June 15, 2021, the RES investors discussed key issues of the current Ukraine's renewable energy sector with the Minister of Energy of Ukraine, People’s Deputies of Ukraine - members of the Inter-Fractional Association “Clean Energy - Healthy Environment” and the Chairman of the Board of NPC Ukrenergo. The Embassies of Denmark, Spain, the United Kingdom, Norway and Lithuania participated in the discussion. Representatives from national and international investors, which are active in the Ukrainian RES market, including Anton Mishyn, DTEK Renewables, Myhailo Chulkov, EuroCape Ukraine I, Olexandr Podprugin, Elementum Energy, Olexandr Bosak, Acciona, Sergiy Yevtushenko, UDPRenewables and Sergiy Kravchuk, KNESS shared their views and recommendations with Ukrainian officials and MPs.  In particular, the parties of the round table raised such critical issues of the Memorandum of Understanding signed between the Government and RES investors on June 10, 2020 as:...

15.06.2021

MAKE RENEWABLES A KEY PERFORMANCE INDICATOR IN ALL ECONOMIC ACTIVITIES

On Global Wind Day, June 15,2021, an international policy network REN21 presented its annual Renewables 2021 Global Status Report, which is an annual stock-take of the global transition to renewable energy. 2020 could have been a gamechanger. Economies worldwide were ravaged by the COVID-19 pandemic. Primary energy demand fell by 4%, resulting in a 5.8% drop in global energy-related carbon dioxide (CO2) emissions – the largest percentage decrease since World War II. But even with this historic decline, G20 countries, the planet’s biggest polluters, barely met or even missed their renewable energy targets. But the benefits of renewables in terms of health, climate and job creation are indisputable. REN21’s Renewables 2021 Global Status Report shows that we are nowhere near the necessary paradigm shift towards a clean, healthier and more equitable energy future. The power sector has made great progress already. Almost all new power capacities commissioned in 2020 is renewable....

15.06.2021

Global Wind Day 2021

The wind has always been a symbol of human development: either wind, which had been filling explorers’ sails during the Age of Discovery or wind, which powers our industry and homes with environmentally friendly electricity. We should comprehend all the value and importance of the wind power and harness it in the most secure and efficient way. The advantages of wind energy technologies could not be overestimated, they reshape our energy structures, decarbonize and develop our economies, boost jobs and growth, increase energy security and national independence. Wind energy is vital for a safe and clean present and future of the humanity!  Happy Global Wind Day Greetings from the UWEA Secretariat to all stakeholders of the Ukrainian wind energy market! We sincerely wish you good health, strength and inspiration in realization your business ideas and projects. May your business be prosperous. Fair wind for all your endeavours!

09.06.2021

MEMORANDUM OF UNDERSTANDING:
ONE YEAR LATER

The first negotiations between the Ministry of Energy of Ukraine and the RES investors on overcoming the RES crises began three months after launching a new model of the wholesale electricity market in July 2019.  On 9 December, 2019 the European-Ukrainian Energy Agency (EUEA) and the Ukrainian Wind Energy Association (UWEA) applied to the Energy Community Secretariat’s Dispute Resolution and Negotiations Centre and initiated a mediation procedure between the above-mentioned RES associations and the Ministry of Energy of Ukraine. Later, the Ukrainian Association of Renewable Energy (UARE) joined the mediation process as well. After eight months of hard negotiations, on 10 June, 2020, the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine, the Ministry of Energy of Ukraine, the NEURC, the Energy Community Secretariat’s Dispute Resolution and Negotiations Centre, the UWEA and the EUEA jointly signed a Memorandum of Understanding on the Settlement of Problematic Issues in the Renewable Energy...