On 20 December 2016, the eve of Energy Workers' Day of Ukraine, Prychornomorskiy wind park which is a part of the Ochakovska WPP was officially commissioned in the Mykolaiv region of Ukraine. Ochakovska wind power plant, which is a part of the Wind Parks of Ukraine Group, comprises 2 wind turbines with unit capacity of 2 MW. Two more Ukrainian-produced wind turbines of 3 MW each are planned for installation in 2017. The Prychornomorskiy wind park is the first RE generating facility in Ukraine that has received a 10% premium to the “green" tariff envisaged by the current legislation for the use of the equipment of Ukrainian origin at a power plant. At its open meeting on 7 November 2016 the National Energy and Utilities Regulatory Commission established a 10% premium to the “green” tariff for the use of equipment of Ukrainian origin at the first starting complex of the Ochakovska WPP (the sixth phase of the Dmitrovskiy wind park). Such decision on establishing a premium to the...



On 12 December 2016 Ministry of Energy and Coal Industry of Ukraine published its press release devoted to the implementation of the Project "Ukrainian-Danish Energy Centre". The UWEA is pleased to advise that RE experts form Denmark including specialists from Danish Technological University, Energy Agency of Denmark will contribute to creating a sophisticated hourly wind power forecasting system in Ukraine. It will improve the planning of wind power delivery to the energy system of Ukraine." The UWEA has proposed the following activities to be carried out in the framework of the Project: to develop a methodology for forecasting RE electricity generation, including wind energy; to develop and implement software and hardware for the prediction of wind speed and wind power output at the wind power plants.  The UWEA also initiates establishing an accounting-analytical centre or Ukrainian-Danish joint venture to provide market participants with RE generation forecasting...


The Law on Regulator Entered into Force

The Law of Ukraine “On the National Commission for state regulation in the energy and utilities” (hereafter “the Law”) adopted by the parliament on 22 October 2016 in the second hearing was officially published in the newspaper “Golos Ukrainy” (Voice of Ukraine). The law came into force on the day following the day of its publication, except for the first paragraph of Article 11, Article 13 of this Law, which will come into force on 1 January 2017.   The Law Of Ukraine “On the National Commission for State Regulation in the Energy and Utilities”defines the legal status of the National Commission for state regulation in the energy and utilities, its objectives, functions, powers and directs the manner of their exercise.    According to the Law, the Regulator regulates, monitors and controls business entities in the energy and utilities spheres, in particular: 1)      in the energy sector...



The 22nd Session of the Conference of the Parties (COP 22) to the UN Framework Convention on Climate Change (UNFCCC) was held in Marrakech, Morocco from 7-18 November 2016. 48 countries declared their readiness for implementation of their ambitious plans for the transition to 100% RES by 2050.  Long-term funding to combat climate change was one of the main issues addressed more than 20 thousand delegates from 196 countries. National representatives appealed for the complete rejection of the use of coal - the one of the main sources of global warming.  On the eve of the Marrakesh conference Ukraine national NGOs developed the list of clear requirements to the official delegation of Ukraine to COP22 including: improvement of Nationally Determined Contribution (NDC) of Ukraine to make it more ambitious to effectively address climate change; adoption of national policy for the gradual transition to 100% RES; implementation of public education on climate change issues; gender...



At its open meeting on 7 November 2016 the National Energy and Utilities Regulatory Commission established a 10% premium to the “green” tariff for the use of equipment of Ukrainian origin at the first starting complex of a wind power plant Ochakovskiy (the first phase of Dmitrovskiy wind park). Ochakovskiy wind power plant located in Mykolaiv region is a part of Wind Parks of Ukraine group.
Such decision on establishing a bonus to the “green” tariff was made by the national regulator for the first time since introduction of the corresponding provision in the Ukrainian RE laws in 2015. Remarkable is also the fact the company met required 50% of the domestically manufactured equipment and received a maximum 10% bonus.  Premium to “green” tariff was introduced in Ukraine the Law of Ukraine “On Introduction of Amendments to Some Laws of Ukraine Regarding Ensuring Competitive Conditions of Electricity Production from Alternative Energy Sources”. Instead of...



Last week (October 31-November 3, 2016) Tokyo, Japan hosted the 15th World Wind Energy Conference «Concentrating Efforts for Wind Power Generation in Japan and Worldwide» organised by the World Wind Energy Association and the Japanese Wind Power Association. A total of  500 participants from 33 countries attended the 3 day Conference. The Conference covered all aspects of wind utilisation, science and technology, related policies, manufacturing, development, operation, community involvement as well as other economic and social issues. The significance to the world of the agreement reached at the Paris UN Climate Change Conference was noted by representatives of the government of Japan, many speakers from Japan and other countries. The Paris Agreement paves the way for a 100 % renewable energy future for the world. Representatives of the Ukrainian Wind Energy Association were actively involved in the event. They moderated two conference sessions, one of which was devoted to...



On 19 October 2016 a Working Group meeting devoted to the implementation of modern technologies on assessment and conservation of natural systems on the territories of modern wind farms was held by the scientific and educational centre Biodiversity of the Melitopol Pedagogical University named after Bohdan Khmelnytsky (SEC Biodiversity) at the Botievo wind farm in Zaporizhzhya region.
The event supported by the Ukrainian Wind Energy Association and the company Wind Power (DTEK), owner of the Botievo Wind Farm, aimed at extending the natural systems monitoring experience successfully gained at the Botievo wind site to other wind farm projects in Ukraine. The participants discussed the state of contemporary monitoring researches of the natural complexes. Experts from SEC Biodiversity - Peter Gorlov, a head of technological areas biodiversity monitoring laboratory and a researcher Alexander Annenkov, presented their own technologies for assessment of a wind power plant...



On 18 October 2016 the Global Wind Energy Council released its latest publication - the Global Wind Energy Outlook. By 2030 wind power could reach 2,1 TW, and supply up to 20% of global electricity, reducing CO2 emissions by more than 3.3 billion tonnes per year, and attract annual investment of about €200 billion. The report outlines scenarios where wind could supply 20% of global electricity by 2030. More than 1 million people worldwide are employed by the wind industry alone, a 5% increase over last year. Wind employment in the US rose by 21% in 2015 – 12 times faster than overall job creation in the US economy. Renewable energy employment could exceed 24 million people worldwide by 2030. Asia is the world largest regional wind market with an overall total installed capacity of 175.8GW. In terms of annual installations China maintained its leadership position in 2015 by adding 30.8 GW of new wind power capacity to the grid, the highest annual number for any country ever....


RES and Energy Efficiency in a New Energy Strategy of Ukraine - an Imitation of the Changes or the Basis for the Reform of the Energy Sector?

In continuation to a series of discussions on decarbonisation and decoupling of Ukrainian economy, conducted by the Verkhovna Rada Committee on Fuel and Energy Complex, Nuclear Policy and Nuclear Safety, a Roundtable “RES and Energy Efficiency in a New Energy Strategy of Ukraine - an Imitation of the Changes or the Basis for the Reform of the Energy Sector?” was held on 12 October 2016 The meeting was attended by Mr. Hans-Josef Fell, President of Watch Energy Group, former member of the Bundestag, Ukrainian MPs, representatives of the Ministry of Energy and Coal Industry of Ukraine, the State Agency for Energy Efficiency and Energy Saving of Ukraine, National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine, UWEA, international and Ukrainian energy experts. Much of the discussion on the Energy Strategy of Ukraine up to 2035 focused on the place and role of renewables and energy efficiency in the renewed Energy Strategy of Ukraine, possibility of a transition to 100% RES by 2050, and the transition...