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Renewable energy in the Ukraine

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26 October 2012

In 2013 the Ukraineis going to double the power of objects in the field of renewable energy and will reach over 1 GW installed wind farms and solar power plants. It was announced in the opening speech of Vitaliy Daviy, President of the Association of alternative fuels and energy market participants of Ukraine (APEU), during the 4th International Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Forum REF-2012 Kyiv.

The State Agency on Energy Efficiency and Energy Saving of Ukraine is drawing up a national plan of action on the introduction of energy efficiency and the development of renewable energy sources for the period until 2020, the agency's head, Mykola Pashkevych, has said.

"The document is being drawn up on the basis of profile European directives and taking into account the liabilities Ukraine took on when it joined the European Energy Community," he told reporters on the sidelines of the International Renewable Energy and Energy Efficiency Forum REF-2012 held in Kyiv on October 16-17, 2012.

Pashkevych said that the national plan would foresee an increase in the energy efficiency of the economy by 20% and the expansion of the share of renewable energy sources in total power consumption to 12% by 2020.

He said that the benchmarks stipulated in the plan are more ambitious that those foreseen in the updated Energy Strategy of Ukraine for the period until 2030 drawn up by the Energy and Coal Industry Ministry.

He noted that according to the agency, investors plan to build and commission wind farms with a combined capacity of 1.5 gigawatts by 2015, photovoltaic power plants with the capacity of up to 1 gigawatt, 150 megawatts in the small hydroelectric power segment, and another 150 megawatts in the biomass generation segment.

Pashkevych pointed to the groundlessness of arguments of authors of the energy strategy on the impossibility to considerably boost the share of wind and solar power plants of the energy balance due to a lack of cycling generating facilities in the country's power grid. According to the agency's estimates, currently operating large hydroelectric power plants can boost the share of wind and solar power generation of total generation to 7%.

A representative of the National Commission for Energy Regulation (NCER), Oleksiy Orzhel, said that as of early October 2012, Ukraine is building wind power plants at various stages of construction with a combined capacity of 2.05 gigawatts and solar power plants with the capacity of 462 megawatts.

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