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News 2012 - 2013

New 303 kW solar power plant launched in Vinnytsia region
The first solar power plant of 303 kW was put into operation in Trybusivka, Pischane district, Vinnytsia region, Andriy Hyzhko, head of the main economic department at the Vinnytsia Regional State Administration, told. "In 2013, we expect a boom in the construction of solar power plants. Beside the Trybusivka, six more construction sites in four districts are nearing completion. Now we have an order from a powerful Ukrainian energy company that wants to design an additional of 12 solar power plants. Overall, for 2013, the region will put into operation solar power plants for 200 MW," Hyzhko said. Now Vinnytsia region has four solar power plants with a total capacity of 1.2 MW. The estimated cost of building a solar power station with a capacity of 1 MW is 10 million UAH. The purchase cost of one kilowatt of electricity generated by solar power plants is 6.5 UAH. The "green tariff" will be in effect until January 1, 2017.
07.02.2013 Source: Ukrinform

Ukraine may become important energy center in Europe
The reforms that are currently being conducted in Ukraine can turn the state into a powerful energy center in Eastern Europe. The U.S. Department of State's Special Envoy and Coordinator for International Energy Affairs, Carlos Pascual, announced this at a meeting with Ukrainian Prime Minister Mykola Azarov.
Prime Minister Mykola Azarov, in turn, said that Ukraine had in recent years reduced imports of Russian gas and started increasing domestic production. "We have dramatically reduced the purchase of Russian gas in recent years. We have done an extremely great amount of work to transfer our energy capacity to our fuel sources. In addition, we are paying significant attention to the creation of alternative energy sources and dealing with the construction of solar and wind power plants. We have allocated large sums of money and greatly intensified oil and gas production on our territory," Azarov said.
04.02.2013 Source: Ukrinform

Germany to increase production of biofuels from waste in Ukraine
Germany is planning to increase the production of thermal energy and biogas from agricultural waste in Ukraine, using German technology and equipment. To date, the country has about 30 such projects, the agriculture ministry reported. According to Viktor Tymoschuk, expert of the ministry's engineering and farm machinery department, Ukraine produces 700,000 tons of solid biofuel a year now. For comparison, each German plant is capable of making 800,000 tons per year.
In 2013 the two countries are planning to put this cooperation to a new level with plans to promote the production of biofuels in Ukraine, including the creation of pilot bio-energy complexes. Having a large agricultural sector, which produces a significant amount of agricultural waste and manure, Ukraine has a significant potential for bioenergy production.
In October last year, Ukraine launched its first pilot project for the production of solid biofuels in Vinnytsia region. Currently, this country has six biogas plants. Two of them are located in western and southern Ukraine. At the moment, the amount of biogas production in Ukraine is estimated at 30-35 million cubic meters.
03.01.2013 Source: Ukrinform

Germany to help Ukraine produce biofuels
Germany will facilitate the introduction in 2013-2014 of long-term projects for the production of biofuels in Ukraine. This was discussed at the Ukrainian-German meeting on cooperation for the development of energy production from biomass. Director of the Department for Engineering and Technical Support and Agricultural Engineering of the Ministry of Agrarian Policy of Ukraine Oleksandr Hryhorovych informed the German side of the positive changes that have occurred in the domestic legislation in terms of promoting the production of biofuels. He also analyzed the resource potential of Ukraine for the development of bioenergy industry, and outlined the priority areas of cooperation between Ukrainian and German enterprises for the production of energy from renewable raw materials.
Chairman of the department for cooperation with the countries of Central and Eastern Europe at Germany's Federal Ministry for Environment, Jurgen Keinhorst, in turn, expressed the willingness of Germany to provide in 2013 technical assistance for the development of bioenergy production in Ukraine. He also stressed that the implementation of the pilot projects may draw German investments.
11.12.2012 Source: Ukrinform

Ukraine will build hydroelectric power stations like Norway – Azarov
Ukraine is interested in learning and applying the Norwegian experience in the construction of hydroelectric power plants, Prime Minister Mykola Azarov told a briefing in Oslo on Thursday. "Norway is almost one hundred percent self-sufficient in terms of renewable energy sources. We are extremely interested in this experience, and we will pay more attention to the development of small hydro power industry in Ukraine," Azarov said.
At the same time, he stressed that Ukraine has significant opportunities to enhance the development of hydropower industry. According to him, the construction of hydroelectric power plants is much cheaper than that of nuclear power plants.
30.11.2012 Source: Ukrinform

Non-traditional sources to meet half of Ukraine's demand for petroleum products in 3-5 years
In some 3-5 years, Ukraine could meet about a half of its demand for petroleum products through non-traditional sources. President of the Kyiv International Energy Club Q-club, Oleksandr Todiychuk expressed this opinion in a comment to UKRINFORM. According to him, those could be rich shale, brown coal, as well as agricultural products and waste. In addition, Todiychuk said, compressed natural gas is now widely used in cars and trucks. "We can increase the production of biofuels, produce diesel from fat shale, or receive fuel from lignite. Moreover, we are actively developing another direction - the use of compressed natural gas for vehicles," he said.
09.10.2012 Source: Ukrinform

Ukraine and UAE actively cooperating in field of alternative energy
Ukraine and the United Arab Emirates are actively cooperating in the field of alternative energy sources. "The International Renewable Energy Agency (IRENA) is headquartered in the UAE. Ukraine also pays great attention to alternative energy. Therefore, at present, as part of the intergovernmental commission [the Ukrainian-UAE intergovernmental commission on trade and economic cooperation] we are actively working in the field of alternative energy sources," the Ukrainian Foreign Minister Kostiantyn Hryshchenko said during his official visit to the United Arab Emirates. He also said that the UAE could join the implementation of Ukrainian national projects, including the Energy of Nature project. "Taking into account the role of the Emirates in the activity of the International Renewable Energy Agency, I believe that the Energy of Nature national project, which foresees the creation of a 'clean' source from wind and solar power with a capacity of 2,000 MW, can be a good platform for investment cooperation," the minister said.
In the context of deepening the potential for bilateral partnership in alternative energy, on Sunday Hryshchenko visited the world's first ecological city of Masdar with zero emission of carbon dioxide (CO2) and familiarized himself with the peculiarities of this project.
Ukraine should increase the share of electricity from renewable energy sources in the country's overall energy balance to 12% by 2020, Head of the State Agency for Energy Efficiency and Energy Saving Mykola Pashkevych said in June. He said that by 2030 the share of energy received from alternative sources could reach at least 15% in the country's energy balance.
08.10.2012 Source: Ukrinform

EBRD to finance its first solar energy project in Ukraine
The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) is to provide a loan to the Rengy Development company for the construction and commissioning of solar power facilities in Vinnytsia region. This would be the first project on the financing of alternative energy such as solar energy in the bank's history. Kyiv-based Rengy Development intends to build six solar power stations with a total capacity of 50 MW in Vinnytsia region. According to data published on Rengy Development website, the company's portfolio includes projects in the solar power industry with a total capacity of 65 MW.
As reported, in 2011 the global company Activ Solar built in Crimea Europe's largest photovoltaic power station with more than 100 MW installed capacity. The total value of the project is about EUR 300 million. It was financed by Sberbank of Russia and VTB.
05.10.2012 Source: Ukrinform

Ukraine will implement German technologies of biofuel production
Introduction of technologies, which will enable using agricultural waste for production of solid biofuel, biogas and other types of biofuel, will enable improving provision with energy resources in the village. “We held negotiations with representatives of the German Agency of Renewable Resources. They expressed an interest in introduction of investment projects for production of different types of fuel in Ukraine. It should be noted that such projects are widely spread in Germany and ensure over 10% of this country's needs in energy resources,” Agriculture Ministry's director of technical supply and agricultural machinery department Oleksandr Hryhorovych said.
17.09.2012 Source: Ukrinform

Experts: It's high time for Ukraine to develop alternative energy
An expert in the field of energy, the creator of "Feed-in-Tariff", the deputy of the German Parliament, Hans-Josef Fell believes that due to the intensive development of energy based on renewable energy sources Ukraine may significantly increase the pace of development of its own economy, and enhance energy independence from external providers of traditional energy.
28.08.2012 Source: Ukrinform

Development of Alternative Energy in Ukraine
Alternative Energy in Ukraine in past year and a half has developed more intensively than the traditional one. As of early July, the total number of companies operating power plants on renewable energy sources and selling electricity based on the "Feed-in-Tariff" has risen to 66, and the number of such power plants - up to 111.
Mykola Pashkevych, the chairman of the National Agency of Ukraine on Ensuring of Efficient Use of Energy Resources, said that in 2011 the installed capacity of power plants with on renewable sources due to the implementation of many projects has doubled, and the production of electricity increased from 240 million kW -hours in 2010 to 330 million kWh in 2011. At the same time the production of clean energy by wind farms, solar plants and small hydroelectric power plants will reach one billion kWh this year, predicts the Agency.
The Crimea - is the leader in the country in usage of renewable energy sources due to the intensive development of solar energy in the peninsula. In the first half of the year nearly a third of electricity produced here has fallen to solar and wind energy. Built mostly at the end of last year and early this year - in January-June 2012 - photovoltaic plants increased electricity output by 32 times compared with the same period in 2011 - up to 144.1 million kWh.
This significant growth has allowed increasing the share of renewable energy sources in the total electricity production to a record 29% for Ukraine despite the fact that electricity generation by wind power plants in Crimea in the first half of the year fell by 1.7% - to 23.1 million kWh. In general, the production of electricity on the peninsula in the reporting period increased by 36.3% - to 577.7 million kWh, which reduced electricity imports from the mainland, as well as decreased significant losses that accompany such imports because of the need to transmit electricity for long distance.
28.08.2012 Source: Ukrinform

Czechs to build solar power plant in Dnipropetrovsk region
The Czech group of companies Ekotechnik Praha intends to build a solar power in the city of Nikopol, Dnipropetrovsk region. It is reported that the amount of investment in the power plant construction will be almost 100 million UAH. Ekotechnik Praha also plans to build solar power plants in Shyroke district, Dnipropetrovsk region, near Bohuslav, Kyiv region, as well as in Vinnytsia, Zakarpattia and Odesa regions.
03.08.2012 Source: Ukrinform

Ukraine plans to start electricity exports to Turkey
The energy ministers of Ukraine and Turkey have discussed the export of Ukrainian electricity. As reported, the Ukrainian government submitted its proposals to Turkey regarding the export of electricity in March 2011. Ukraine currently exports electricity to six countries: Hungary - about 38.7% of total exports, Belarus - 37.4%, Poland - 11.6%, Moldova - about 9%, Romania - 2.5%, and Slovakia - 0.8%. In the first five months of 2012, Ukraine exported 3.441 billion kWh of electricity.
22.06.2012 Source: Ukrinform

Ukraine should reach 12% share of renewable energy sources till 2020
Ukraine should reach a 12% share of renewable energy sources within total energy balance of the country until 2020. The state has undertaken relevant obligations while joining the Energy Community. Therefore, the Updated Energy Strategy of Ukraine till 2030 prepared drafted by the Ministry of Energy and Coal Industry requires significant adjustment.
The State Agency for Energy Efficiency and Energy Saving of Ukraine considers that it is necessary to increase the capacity rates of installed renewable power plants into the country's energy strategy up to 6.4 GW in 2015, 9 GW - in 2020,
13 GW - in 2025 and 17 GW - in 2030. Electricity generation from renewable energy sources should reach 13 TW/hours in 2015, 18 TW/hours - in 2020,
26 TW/hours - in 2025 and 34 TW/hours in 2030.
14.06.2012 Source: Ukrinform

Ukraine plans to increase the capacity of renewable energy sources
up to 1 GW in 2012

The State Agency for Energy Efficiency and Energy Saving of Ukraine has forecasted that the capacity of renewable energy sources will be increased by
2.3 times in 2012, to one gigawatt, the agency's head, Mykola Pashkevych, said at a press conference in Kyiv. The total installed capacity of alternative energy facilities in Ukraine is 411 MW (107 operating facilities - 76 hydroelectric power plants, 18 solar power plants, 11 wind farms and two bio-energy facilities) or 0.8% of the power generating capacity of the country. In 2011, 257 MW of alternative energy facilities were commissioned, and it is expected that in 2012 wind farms with a total capacity of 252 MW and solar power plants with the total capacity of 290 MW will be launched.
This year it is planned to build some new facilities in the country's regions.
Czech company Ekotechnik Praha will finish the construction of a 42 MW solar power plants in Kyiv region (Bohuslav) and will start installing 50 MW facilities in Dnipropetrovsk region. Rentechno will complete construction of a 1.8 MW solar power plant in Vinnytsia region and will start building 11 MW facilities in Kherson region. Rengy Development will build six solar power plants with a combined capacity of 50 MW in Vinnytsia region. Israeli SunElectra wants to build 10 solar power plants with the capacity of 25-30 MW. Tokmak Solar Energy plans to launch a solar power plant with the capacity of 9 MW and Ukrgelios will launch a 15 MW plant in Zaporizhia region. France's Helios Strategia plans to build several roof solar power plants with the capacity of 7 MW in Ukraine.
The following wind farm projects will be realized: Germany's Windguard - a wind farm of 400 MW in Luhansk region and Germany's Windcraft - facilities in Crimea and Kherson region.
06.06.2012 Source: Ukrinform

Investment in renewables, energy efficiency paid off 100%
There is no project in the field of renewable energy and energy efficiency in Ukraine today, under which there would be no payback of investment funds.
This was discussed at the opening of the Third European-Ukrainian Energy Day. All projects in the field of renewable energy are refunded, Head of Competence Center Renewable Energies at UniCredit Leasing Group Martin Mayr said. In particular, the portfolio of UniCredit Group investment in these projects in Ukraine exceeded USD 1 billion, he added.
29.05.2012 Source: Ukrinform

Energy saving technologies should be implemented wherever possible
It is necessary to introduce energy-saving technologies wherever possible to minimize the consumption of expensive Russian gas, Prime Minister of Ukraine Mykola Azarov said after his visit to the Institute of Engineering Thermophysics of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine. According to the head of government, in familiarizing with the work of the Institute, he got convinced that Ukraine has the most advanced scientific developments in the field of energy efficiency. Scientists have provided him with a program covering 24 regions of Ukraine. Its implementation will allow the state to save four billion cubic meters of natural gas per year, but to implement this project, it is necessary to invest
24 billion UAH.
The Prime Minister said that the government pays maximum attention to energy efficiency and energy conservation, saying that those who implement energy-saving technologies may not pay profit tax for 10 years.
22.05.2012 Source: Ukrinform

Crimea a very promising region for development of alternative energy
The Autonomous Republic of Crimea is a very promising region in Ukraine for the development of alternative energy, announced Ukrainian President Viktor Yanukovych during his working visit to Crimea. In Crimea, Yanukovych participated in the opening of a plant for sulfuric acid production at Crimea Titan and visited the world's largest solar power plant in Simferopol district.
Yanukovych noted that Crimea was now a leader in Ukraine, after Kyiv, in terms of investment attraction. A number of investment projects in the development of alternative energy sources had currently been implemented in Crimea.
28.04.2012 Source: Ukrinform

President to visit world's largest solar power plant in Crimea
During his working visit to Crimea, Yanukovych participated in the opening of a plant for sulfuric acid production at Crimea Titan and visited the world's largest solar power plant in Simferopol district.
The largest in Central and Eastern Europe titanium dioxide producer, Crimea Titan, is putting into operation a new plant for producing sulfuric acid, which will allow increasing the output of titanium dioxide threefold up to 240,000 tons. About half a billion dollars has been invested in the construction project. The new plant will produce 600,000 tons of sulfuric acid per year. Application of new production technologies will help reduce the amount of emissions several times.In 2011, Crimea Titan increased the production of titanium dioxide 2.26%, or by 2,390 tons to 108,069 tons compared with 2010.
The solar park Perovo in Crimea's Simferopol district was built by Activ Solar (Austria). The total installed capacity of the park is 100 MW. Perovo has become the largest operating photovoltaic park in the world in terms of installed capacity.
26.04.2012 Source: Ukrinform

Adding 5% of bioethanol to gasoline will be recommended since 2013
The Energy and Coal Industry Ministry of Ukraine prepared the draft law on step-wise adding of bioethanol to gasoline, which is produced and realized on the territory of Ukraine. In the nearest future, this document will be submitted to the Verkhovna Rada.
"The aim of this draft law adoption is creation of favorable conditions for development and consumption of alternative types of fuel on the territory of Ukraine, development of the motor fuel market and strengthening of energy independence of Ukraine. The draft law provides that adding 5% of bioethanol to gasoline will be recommended since 2013, and mandatory adding of bioethanol is envisaged in 2014-2015. Also, it is proposed that since 2016, mandatory contents of bioethanol in motor gasoline will be no less than 7 %. Filling stations and fuel bases should be re-equipped over one year respectively," Director of the department for oil, gas, peat, oil production industry and alternative types of fuel at the Energy and Coal Industry Ministry Ihor Kyriushyn has explained.
According to him, in compliance with data of the Agrarian Policy and Food Ministry, 42 plants for production of biodiesel fuel were constructed in Ukraine, which may produce up to 500,000 tons of this fuel annually. Today, Ukraine has all possibilities to provide itself with bioethanol. "I should note that bioethanol contents in motor gasoline up to 10% does not require re-equipment of the automobile fuel system and does not worsen the fuel quality by no means," the specialist noted. "In the nearest 10-15 years, we have a task to maximum increase a part of the use of bioethanol in the fuel quality in Ukraine. This is the main task, which was set by the ministry. In introduction of bioethanol on the motor fuel market of Ukraine, world's leading experience will be taken into consideration, in particular, of the Federal Republic of Brazil," the ministry's representative informed. He also noted that Ukraine has even better possibilities for the use of bioethanol against Brazil. In 2011, in Brazil, the share of automobiles, consuming gasoline with contents of over 25 percent of bioethanol, made up 50 percent, the share of such automobiles is planned to be brought to 86 percent until 2020.
25.04.2012 Source: Ukrinform

EBRD to provide EUR 13.3 m to Ukraine for wind energy project
The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD) will provide EUR 13.3 million for a wind farm in Stary Sambir district in Lviv region to improve power-supply reliability and reduce carbon-dioxide emissions. "Ukraine has a great potential in developing renewable energy generation and this project is our contribution to this good cause. We are committed to support the development of wind, solar, small hydro and biomass energy projects in Ukraine through our own funds and by providing technical assistance to them," EBRD Managing Director for Turkey, Eastern Europe, Caucasus and Central Asia Olivier Descamps said. The financing will consist of a 10-year loan of EUR 9.5 million from the EBRD and a 15-year loan of EUR 3.8 million from the Clean Technology Fund.
Eco-Optima Ltd., a closely held Ukrainian company, will use the funds to build and operate a wind farm with a capacity of 12.5 MW that will supply power to more than 10,000 households. The plant will be operational by the end of this year and should reduce carbon emissions by about 26,000 tonnes a year.
The EBRD is the largest financial investor in Ukraine. The Bank has currently committed over EUR 7.4 billion (USD 9.76 billion) in 293 projects.
25.04.2012 Source: Ukrinform

Ukrainian scientists develop landfill biogas processing project
Experts with the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine (NASU) developed a large-scale project of solid waste landfills biogas processing, NASU President Borys Paton said at a general meeting of the Academy on Thursday. He said the project has already covered 12 such landfills in 10 regions of Ukraine.
12.04.2012 Source: Ukrinform

Construction of combined-cycle power plant in Scholkyne
Ukraine and China decided to accelerate work on the project to build a combined-cycle power plant in Scholkyne (Crimea). The construction of the plant could begin before the end of this year, Deputy Minister of Energy and Coal Industry Volodymyr Makukha said. The official admitted that at present there is certain dragging behind the schedule. "There were some mistakes, and we had to replace the designer," Makukha said. Now the project must go through internal procedures in Ukraine to be approved and obtain state guarantees.
According to Makukha, the cost of the project until the end of the year has not been fully approved. "The amount is just being estimated, it will be roughly around USD 2 billion. The sum is big, because, apart from the station with a capacity of 800 MW, we provide for very large investment in the development of Crimea and serious investments in the construction of a pipeline," the deputy minister said.
The agreement on the construction of a combined-cycle power plant was signed during the visit of President Viktor Yanukovych to China in September 2010. The plant must be built on the site where in 1981 the construction of a nuclear power plant started, but in 1989 was frozen due to the fact that the site was recognized as geologically unstable.
12.04.2012 Source: Ukrinform

In 2013 Ukraine plans to move to fuel with bioethanol
Beginning next year, Ukraine may start producing 5% ethanol petrol, Energy and Coal Industry Minister Yuriy Boiko said. "We are introducing a bill, I hope it will be adopted by the Government, that next year any petrol should contain 5% of ethanol, and in 2014 - 7%," Boiko underscored. Adding ethanol will allow Ukraine to reduce the purchases of oil and support national agricultural producers.
09.04.2012 Source: Ukrinform

9% of electricity will be received from renewable sources in 2030
The installed capacity of the power plants that run on alternative and renewable energy sources will increase to 9% or 6 GW by 2030, Mykyta Konstantinov, director of the strategic policy, investment and nuclear energy complex department at the Ministry of Energy and Coal Industry of Ukraine, announced. In particular, he added, wind turbines will produce 3.5 GW of energy, solar 2 GW and small hydropower plants up to 0.6 GW. It is envisaged that the production of electricity from alternative and regenerative energy sources will rise to 13.2 billion kWh per year, including from wind up to 8 billion kWh, sun and water up to 2.6 billion kWh.
27.03.2012 Source: Ukrinform

US gives Ukraine USD 350,000 to produce energy from waste
The United States has allocated a USD 350,000 grant to Ukraine for the construction by Svit-M of a waste recycling plant in Sumy. The grant had been provided by the United States Trade and Development Agency (USTDA). A feasibility study on a project to recycle municipal waste and convert most of the remaining waste into refuse-derived fuel will be partially financed using these funds. The future plant in Sumy will be the first in Ukraine that will be able to recycle household waste.
27.03.2012 Source: Ukrinform

Alternative energy sources will reduce Russian gas price
Russian gas price will drop as soon as alternative sources of energy supplies to Ukraine are found, First Deputy Prime Minister Valeriy Khoroshkovsky said. The official believes that Ukraine pays for Russian gas the highest price in Europe. Now it is 416 USD per thousand cubic meters, taking into account the so-called Kharkiv discount of 100 USD, which Ukraine received in exchange for the extension of the Russian Black Sea Fleet stay in Crimea.
22.03.2012 Source: Ukrinform

China ready to help Ukraine arrange biofuel production
China is ready to help with finances and technologies in arranging production of biofuel in Ukraine, Head of the Main State Plant Quarantine Inspection of Ukraine Oleksandr Tokar told. "We took a decision that a part of alcohol plants, which for today have obsolete equipment or are unprofitable, change the line of their business for ethanol production. The matter concerns 10 or 11 alcohol plants. The Chinese party expressed a serious interest," Tokar said. According to him, during the visit to China, the Ukrainian party proposed a joint project to leaders of the China national agricultural development group corporation company in this sphere. Agrarian ministry representatives visited the plants in the province of Shandong (East China), which are engaged in production of such equipment and export it to Latin American countries, CIS countries and other regions.
The head of the Main Inspection reminded that the country leaders took a decision to produce biofuel in Ukraine. A relevant draft law is on consideration at the Verkhovna Rada. According to Tokar, since 2013 and until 2016, mandatory contents of bioadditives of vegetable origin to fuel should be from 7% t? 10%, to diesel fuel - from 2% t? 5%.
27.02.2012 Source: Ukrinform

France's Nationale du Rhone wants to develop windpower engineering in Crimea
The France-based Nationale du Rhone in Simferopol, Crimea, south of Ukraine, presented an investment project for the development of wind power in the Crimea, including the full cycle of production of wind energy: development, design, financial feasibility and support, turnkey construction and further operation of wind farms, Crimea's Council of Ministers said in a statement after the meeting of Vice Prime Minister of the Crimean government Aziz Abdullaev with investors from France. Under the project, in Kirov district of Crimea it is planned to build a 50 MW wind farm with a possible increase in capacity to 200 MW. Total investment will amount to about USD 80 million. Following the meeting, the sides decided to sign an agreement of cooperation of Nationale du Rhone with the Agency for Regional Development in the Autonomous Republic of Crimea.
Renewable energy sources in Crimea have a high potential. Through the use of energy of solar, wind, water and soil the peninsula can potentially receive amounts equivalent to the energy of 5.7 billion cubic meters of gas. Only a wind power can produce 3.4 thousand MW of electricity. Even now the Donuzlav, Tarkhankut and East-Crimean wind farms have a total capacity of 63.1 MW. Currently, Crimea is implementing 16 investment wind energy projects, with the total design capacity of 5 MW.
22.02.2012 Source: Ukrinform

Ukrspirt increases bioethanol sales 18 times in 2011
Companies belonging to the state-run enterprise Ukrspirt increased in 2011 the sales of ethanol by 18 times. Ukrspirt plans to make the production of ethanol for biofuels one of its priorities in the near future. About 65% of domestic producers of alcohol and alcoholic beverages will be engaged in the production of biofuels, including bioethanol. It is planned to increase the production and sale of bioethanol due to corn harvest in the current marketing year. Now Ukraine is preparing a bill to promote and stimulate the production of biofuels.
20.02.2012 Source: Ukrinform

Alternative power industry shows record capacity increase in 2011
The total installed capacity of electric power plants running on renewable energy sources increased by 4% to reach 5773.8 MW by January 1, 2012 (including large hydroelectric power plants), while the installed capacity of power plants running on fossil fuels decreased by 72.1 MW to 47,536.8 MW.
The main growth in the renewable energy generating capacity was provided by solar power industry - Activ Solar company last fall completed the construction and put into operation a 80 MW park Okhotnikovo, and in December a 100 MW park Perovo, which is the largest photovoltaic power plant in the world. Both stations are located in the Crimea.
The total installed capacity of wind power plants for 2011 increased by 40.7% to 121.3 MW.
The installed capacity of all hydropower plants (including large-scale) increased by 0.1% to 4603.5 MW, while the capacity of pumped storage power during this period did not change, and at the beginning of the year amounted to 861.5 MW.
The installed capacity of Ukraine's nuclear power plants has not changed for 2011 and is 13,835 MW. Meanwhile, thermal power plants showed reduction in the installed capacity in the past year by 75 MW.
In 2011, investments in Ukrainian solar and wind parks were about EUR 400 million.
Earlier, Minister of Energy and Coal Industry of Ukraine Yuriy Boiko said that UAH 7 billion will be invested in the development of alternative power industry.
15.02.2012 Source: Ukrenergo / Ukrinform

Astarta to finish construction of EUR 20 million worth of biogas complex by September
The agricultural holding Astarta will finish the construction of a biogas production complex worth EUR 20 million before September 2012, Viktor Ivanchuk, Astarta Kyiv director general said. "The construction of a complex for the production of biogas began at the Hlobyne sugar factory last year. This biogas will solve the problem of natural gas supply. The gas is produced for our company and companies around it. We hope that this pilot project will be successful, and we will be able to replicate this project at other sugar mills and replace natural gas by 60%," Ivanchuk said. According to him, the estimated biogas production project cost is about EUR 15-20 million, and the construction will be completed by September 2012.
Astarta Kyiv is a vertically integrated agroindustrial holding company, which unites five regional branches located in Poltava, Vinnytsia and Khmelnytsky regions. The main activity of the holding is the production of sugar and related products (molasses and dried beet pulp pellets), grains and oilseeds, as well as meat and milk.
20.01.2012 Source: Ukrinform

Ukraine able to boost biofuel production 30 million tonnes
The Institute of Renewable Energy under the National Science Academy estimates the volume of biofuel production in Ukraine in 2011 at 1-1.2 million tonnes, whereas production potential is up to 30 million tonnes. In turn, Director General of Ukrbioenergo Association Oleksiy Izotenko forecasted that the volume of biofuel production may grow to 10 million tons/year by 2015. Izotenko emphasized that in Ukraine biofuel is produced in 20 regions, but 80% is exported abroad, in particular, to the European countries, where it is in great demand.
14.01.2012 Source: Ukrinform

First power plant using gas from household waste launched in Ukraine
The Ukrainian company TIS Eco has commissioned the country's first biogas cogeneration plant at the Prymorsky municipal solid waste range of Mariupol (Donetsk region). Electric power of the installation produced by EuroDiesel is 200 kW, heat power - 215 kW. In the near future, a system for biogas utilization will be installed on the second solid waste range of Mariupol. It is planned to supply the electricity to EnergoRynok, thermal energy - for the needs of industrial enterprises.
03.01.2012 Source: Ukrinform

Green energy output to triple in 2012 - expert
In 2011, Ukraine's renewable energy companies generated 360 kW-hours of 'green' energy; next year, this result must be increased threefold. This forecast was voiced by Vitaliy Daviy, president of the association of alternative fuels and energy market participants. According to him, in 2011, renewable energy facilities generated over 360 million kilowatt-hours, whereas last year the output was about 240 million kWh. However, if all the plans to build new facilities declared by market participants are fulfilled, then next year Ukraine will generate about 1.017 billion kWh of 'green' electricity.
The association head reported that, at the end of December 2011, the total capacity of Ukrainian solar power plants was 170 MW, wind farms 117.5 MW, small hydro power plants 104 MW, thermal power generation facilities running on agricultural and wood waste - 68 MW. According to the expert, Ukraine also has two industrial enterprises for the production of biofuels with a total capacity of about 30 tonnes per year.
03.01.2012 Source: Ukrinform


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NERC leaves unchanged 'green' tariffs for January 2012
The National Electricity Regulatory Commission (NERC) has left unchanged the tariffs for electricity produced from renewable sources.
In particular, from January 1, 2012, the tariff for electricity generated by solar power plants will amount to 505.09 kopecks per kilowatt-hour (excluding VAT), whereas the tariff for electricity generated by solar power plants located on the roofs and facades of buildings will reach 463 kopecks per kilowatt-hour (excluding VAT). The tariff for electricity generated by wind power plants will be set in January 2012 at 122.77 kopecks per kilowatt-hour, while the tariff for electricity generated by power plants running on biofuels will be set at 134.46 kopecks per kilowatt-hour. The tariff for electricity generated by small hydroelectric power stations will be set at 84.18 kopecks per kilowatt-hour (excluding VAT) from January 1, 2012. The commission said that "green" tariffs had remained at a minimum level.
29.12.2011 Source: Ukrinform

Sugar industry reorienting to production of biofuels
Ukraine needs to switch its sugar industry to the production of biofuels because of difficulties with the exports of this product. Ukraine can not find foreign markets for its sugar despite the fact that there are no grudges against its quality, Minister of Agricultural Policy and Food of Ukraine Mykola Prysiazhniuk said at the press conference. The minister also informed that, according to the crop pattern, Ukraine has to sow sugar beets on about one million hectares, which would allow producing 60 million tonnes of sugar beets, while domestic demand and production of sugar in Ukraine takes a maximum of 17-18 million tonnes of sweet roots. That is, in his opinion, 40 million tonnes of sugar beets can be recycled, which will result in 4 million tonnes of biofuels. This level can be achieved within 4-5 years, the minister said.
He also said that the agreement on a free trade zone with the European Union provides for a pretty good amount of Ukrainian sugar imports, and expressed the hope that in the future sugar exports to the EU will not be stopped by the regulatory methods.
13.12.2011 Source: Ukrinform

Brazil interested in creation of joint venture for biofuel production
Brazil is interested in the creation of a Ukrainian-Brazilian JV for biofuel production in Ukraine. This issue was discussed at the Ukrainian-Brazilian talks in Kiev. "We are interested in alternative types of fuel. The Brazilian side has serious plans in this regard, and we are even ready to set up a joint Ukrainian-Brazilian company for biofuel production in Ukraine," Antonio Fernando Cruz de Mello, Brazilian Ambassador in Ukraine, said. Brazil, the world's second country after the United States in terms of the production of ethanol and its largest exporter, is actively popularizing the subject of biofuel in the world.
22.03.2010 Source: Ukrinform

NAER: Ukraine fails to use UAH 3bn of green investments
Ukraine did not use UAH 3 billion, obtained under the Kyoto Protocol in 2009, according to Serhiy Yermilov, the Chairman of the National Agency of Ukraine for Efficient Use of Energy Resources (NAER). "These are the so-called green investments. We can not use these funds anyhow. We need these funds to invest in energy saving programs in such a way that emissions are decreased by a corresponding amount," he said. Yermilov said that energy saving projects under the funds of the Kyoto Protocol should be ratified by Japan, since it bought the country quota. He added that last year the Japanese liked none of the projects. NAER hopes that this year there will be funds from the budget, and the agency in cooperation with line ministries would prepare high quality energy saving projects.
20.03.2010 Source: NAER

Ukrainische Rapsexporte könnten über EU-Richtlinie stolpern
Die ukrainische Organisation Agrarbusiness-Club hat vor einem möglichen Einbruch der nationalen Exporte von Ölraps in die Europäische Union gewarnt. Der Grund dafür liege in neuen, aus der EU-Richtlinie zur Förderung der Nutzung von erneuerbarer Energie hervorgehenden Kriterien für die eingesetzten Rohstoffe. So ist ab 1.07.2010 nachzuweisen, dass die Biomasse nachhaltig hergestellt worden ist. Für Tausende ukrainische Rapsproduzenten könnte die Forderung der Exporteure nach einem entsprechenden Zertifikat eine Überraschung bedeuten. Der Agrarbusiness-Klub hat daher das Landwirtschaftsministerium aufgefordert, eine Arbeitsgruppe ins Leben zu rufen, die sich umgehend mit diesem Problem befassen soll. Den Angaben zufolge werden etwa 90% des in der Ukraine erzeugten Ölrapses ausgeführt, zum größten Teil in die EU-Länder.
10.03.2010 Source: agrarheute

Ukrainian company building a biogas-plant in Indonesia
On 01.03.2010 ZORG signed a new contract for construction of a biogas plant for an agricultural complex producing diary products in Indonesia. ZORG Ukraine is going to supply all materials and equipment necessary for construction of the biogas plant and manage plant's launching while Indonesian contractors will carry on with the construction of reactors from reinforced concrete.
Ultimate capacity of the plant's four reactors will reach 1,34 megawatts. As planned, companies will proceed with the construction works in course of 2010-2011. The cost of the first reactor to be built estimates around EUR 2.5 million.
04.03.2010 Source: Interfax

Ukraine-Poland lab for alternative energy sources tests set up in Poltava
Ukraine-Poland Laboratory for Experiments with Alternative Energy Sources was set up in Poltava. The initiators - experts with Poltava Agrarian Academy and Krakow Electrical College - intend to replace oil and gas by natural alternative energy. According to Prof. Antonina Kalinichenko at Poltava Agrarian Academy, the experimental work will start with studying the operation of four collar absorber assemblies given by the Polish firm Neon, capable of delivering heat water from early spring to late autumn, and in the future - development of own projects on the use of solar and wind energy and other natural sources.
04.03.2010 Source: Ukrinform

Ukraine base for new biofuel and feed initiative
Alternativa Ltd. and GreenShift Corp. have entered into an exclusive supply and cooperation agreement for the purpose of designing and developing sustainable integrated feedstock and renewable energy production facilities. The companies will initially focus on selected geographies throughout the world that have both abundant undeveloped biomass-derived feedstock resources and the downstream supply-chain infrastructure needed for robust distribution and use of renewable energy and other biomass-derived products at scale.
02.03.2010 Source: allaboutfeed

Total installed capacity of wind power plants reaches 1,200 kWt
Over recent one and a half years the number of wind power plants set up in Ukraine doubled. Although, the crisis slowed down development of the alternative energy sources market, but on the whole the segment succeeded to preserve a good dynamics, Head of the Ukrainian Wind Energy Association (UWEA) Andriy Konechenkov has said. Ttotal capacity of wind power plants set up in the country reaches 1,200 kWt. Although, technology by both Chinese and European producers is widely presented on the market, nevertheless out of over 50% of wind plants of 10 kWt capacity, sold over the years of independence, falls on the national producer. The Ukrainian wind power plants are in demand not only with national farmers and tourist bases, but they go for export. In particular, Ukrainian wind aggregates are working in Poland, Germany, Hungary and Macedonia.
26.02.2010 Source: UWEA

Ukraine interested in South Korea's experience in using alternative, renewable energy sources
The draft state economic program of energy efficiency for 2010-2015 foresees the implementation of a number of programs and projects worth UAH 250 billion. It is necessary to reduce energy consumption per unit of Ukraine's GDP by 20% by 2015. Taking into account South Korea's considerable experience in the use of alternative and renewable energy sources, the development of bilateral relations between Ukraine and South Korea is strategically important. Chairman of the National Agency of Ukraine for the Efficient Use of Energy Resources Serhiy Yermilov said this in his welcoming speech at a Ukrainian-Korean seminar. South Korean Ambassador to Ukraine Pak Ro Byok, in turn, said that the leading South Korean companies were interested in investing in energy efficiency projects in Ukraine. A memorandum of understanding between the National Agency of Ukraine for the Efficient Use of Energy Resources and Korea Development Institute was signed as part of Ukrainian-South Korean cooperation. Now such companies as Samsung, POSCO, KOTRA and others are ready to consider real projects to be jointly implemented in Ukraine.
24.02.2010 Source: Ukrinform

EBRD to invest EUR 100mln into UKEEP program for Ukrainian enterprises
The European Bank for Reconstruction and Development is ready to invest EUR 100 million into the Ukrainian Energy Efficiency Program (UKEEP) for Ukrainian enterprises of any industrial sector, Anders Lund, the UKEEP Project Manager said during presentation of the program in Dnipropetrovsk. The program realization will help enterprises to raise its competitiveness at the expense of reduction of energy consumption or development of renewal energy sources.
International consultants will visit an enterprise and determine the necessary energy saving programs, free of charge, following that, on an agreement with the enterprise, credits will be earmarked within the frames of the UKEEP program.
17.02.2010 Source: Ukrinform

Tymoshenko promises privileges to companies generating electricity from renewable energy sources
Ukrainian Premier Yulia Tymoshenko has promised tax privileges to Ukrainian companies that generate electricity from renewable energy sources. The draft law has been registered in the parliament. Tymoshenko said that the share of electricity generated from renewable energy sources in the Ukrainian power grid should be at least 20-25%.
30.01.2010 Source: Interfax

Ukrainian Biofuel Industry Receives Tax Benefits
By the 18-th of January 2010 the Ministry of Industrial Policy of Ukraine received 7 requests to proceed with concessionary import of equipment, used within the industry of renewable fuels. On January 1, 2010 Ukrainian government validated a law "On making changes and additions to the tax policy of Ukraine in order to facilitate production and usage of biofuels." According to the changes brought by the government, Ukrainian companies that work in the field of alternative energy can get an exemption from the tax on value added when they import technical equipment.
25.01.2010 Source: press-service of FuelAlternative.

Miro Group may invest into Ukraine
The International Foundation Miro Group familiarized with investment projects of Ukrainian companies in the agriculture and alternative sources of energy and now studies possibilities to invest its funds into them. According to him, the foundation did not take any decision yet about concrete investment objects, however it intends to focus on studying the projects of biogas production from agricultural waste.
10.12.2009 Source: Ukrinform

Recent Developments in Bioenergy
Historically, Ukraine has a highly developed agricultural sector that is the main source of biomass resources available for energy production. Ukraine has quite a big potential of biomass available for energy production - about 27 mill tons of coal equivalent (mill tce) - economically feasible potential estimated on the basis of official statistical data for 2007. The two main constituents of the potential are agricultural residues and energy crops.
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Mykolayiv will be among the first to start producing biogas at city dump
The first stage of a tripartite project on remediation and decontamination of the city dump being implemented along with representatives of Japanese and Polish companies has completed in Mykolayiv. Today, 14 out of 23 fields for biogas production from domestic waste are ready for operation. Overall, 84 integrated fields are planned to be drilled at the area of 17 ha. As tentative estimates show, the investment project will be worth EUR 2 million. After the project is implemented, the investors will get methane, the Japanese side will be able to buy Ukrainian quotas for emission of this gas (within the Kyoto Protocol), while Mykolayiv will have a modern waste container that meets European standards.
13.11.2009 Source: Ukrinform

Ukrainian engineering company ZORG Ukraine announced development of
new waste-management solution for plants that produce alcohol
New advanced waste-management technology has been developed by Ukrainian construction company ZORG Ukraine, designed specifically for plants that produce alcohol. Unique technological upgrade allows the plant to recycle production-wastes, manufacture high-quality fertilizer and biogas, that's instantly converted into thermal or electrical power. "Biogas plants can cut-down production expenses within the alcohol-production industry sector to a considerable degree," - commented company's executive director Igor Aksiutov.
PDF Download, ZORG, 30.10.2009

EUR 50 million for companies developing renewable energy in the Ukraine
The European Board for Reconstruction and Development or EBRD is considering establishing a EUR 50 million Ukraine Renewable Energy Direct Lending Facility "UREDLF" or "Facility", which would provide the Bank with an instrument to extend debt financing for renewable energy projects in Ukraine. The total project cost will be up to 100 million euro. The Facility will consider all forms of renewable energy generation project including hydro, wind, biomass and solar.
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Biogas plant planned for construction in Donetsk region
An order for an unusual project was made by the JSC Ekoprod, one of the largest agricultural enterprises in Donetsk region. Jointly with German partners they decided to build their own plant to produce biogas. It is interesting that ordinary dung will become a raw material for it, since the Ekoprod has its own cattle farm numbering 7,000 heads.
The new production will bring 1 million cu m of gas, plus 12.5 kWh of electric energy and another 80,000 tons of liquid fertilizers. It will be enough for their own needs and for own greenhouses, as well as for social culture objects, and even for sale, the Ekoprod director said. It is expected that a new enterprise will be placed in operation next year.
26.10.2009 Source: Ukrinform

Smart-Holding intends to master production of wind energy equipment and build a wind power station
Smart-Holding company controlled by Vadym Novinsky considers a possibility of manufacturing wind energy equipment at Dnipropress and Mykolaiv-based machine building plant. Mitsubishi Heavy Industries may become partner of Smart Holding for this project, as the Japanese corporation has extensive experience in production of wind-power units.
Smart-Holding is not the first large Ukrainian company to lately get interested in wind power engineering. Earlier, Director General of fuel and energy company DTEK, the energy arm of Akhmetov's SCM, announced intent to launch a wind power station by 2011 supposedly. A strategic task for DTEK is that its power capacity portfolio includes 20% from wind.
22.10.2009 Source: Delo

Biomass Action Plan for Ukraine
“Biomass Action Plan for Ukraine” was drafted within the Dutch-Ukrainian Government to Government Project on Biomass and Biofuels (G2G07UA85) funded by The Agency for International Business and Cooperation (EVD) of the Ministry of Economic Affairs of the Netherlands and is implemented by the Ministry of Agricultural Policy of Ukraine and The SenterNovem Netherlands Agency for Sustainability and Innovation, an Agency of the Ministry of Economic Affairs of the Netherlands.

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Ukraine introduces biofuel production licensing
The Cabinet introduces licensing of production, storage and selling of liquid fuel made of biomass and biogas, the government's resolution of July 29, 2009, reads.
The normative act establishes that fulfilment of functions by the Fuel and Energy Ministry on licensing activities in the sphere of production, storage and selling of biogas and biofuel are carried out within the frames of budget allocations provided for the ministry's support.
25.08.2009 Source: Ukrinform

EUR 20-billion waste-to-energy deal signed between Ukraine and EcoEnergy
Swedish company EcoEnergy Scandinavia signed a EUR 20-billion (USD 27.6 billion) agreement with the Ukrainian government for a waste incineration plant that will produce electricity, heating, and biogas all at the same time. The agreement was signed on June 15 in Kiev by Ukrainian Prime Minister Yulia Tymoshenko and EcoEnergy Chairman Lars Guldstrand.
16.06.2009 Source: EcoEnergy press release

The 3rd German-Ukrainian Bioenergy Forum in the frame of AGRO 2009
Agrarian Policy Minister Yuriy Melnyk, State Secretary of the Federal Ministry of Food, Agriculture and Consumers Protection of Germany Gert Lindemann, and Ukraine's Deputy Minister for Agrarian Policy Oleksandr Shevchenko participated in the third Ukrainian-German Bioenergetics Forum in Kyiv, June 12, 2009.
PDF Download, Ukrinform, 12.06.2009
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Market Scan Bioenergy Ukraine
Report for the Dutch Ministry of Agriculture, Nature and Food Quality

Many business opportunities especially in the energy and bioenergy sector exist.
Ukraine does have the highest biomass potential in Europe which has largely been untapped and labor, especially in rural areas, is inexpensive. This provides many opportunities for investments in local bioenergy production and in the export of bioenegy feedstocks. Ukraine is already an important supplier of feedstock to Europe, exporting rape seed for biodiesel production and biomass (pellets) for electricity and heat production. Opportunities exist in upgrading of energy infrastructure incorporating biomass, setting up sustainable biomass production, transfer of knowledge and expertise, developing the oil seed and biodiesel sectors, setting up systems for complying/ monitoring of sustainable biomass production, development of a local biofuels market and infrastructure, rural biogas production in concert with expanding animal production, financing of the bioenergy sector.

PDF Download, April 2009

Perspectives of Biofuel Market Development in Ukraine
Development of the biofuel market generates great opportunities for Ukrainian agriculture, agribusiness and the economy in general, decreasing the countrys dependence on imported energy resources, facilitating economic growth in the country.
PDF Download, Paper presented at IAMO Forum 2008

Current Research on Biomass and Biofuel in Ukraine & Future Prospects
PDF Download, 2008 National Agricultural University of Ukraine, Institute of Ecobiotechnologies and Bioenergy

Staatssekretär Lindemann eröffnet erste Deutsch-Ukrainische Bioenergiekonferenz in Kiew
Am 16. Juni 2007 wurde das 1. deutsch-ukrainische Bioenergieforum in Kiew durchgeführt. Mehr als 140 Teilnehmer interessierten sich am letzten Tag der Messe AGRO 2007 für die Perspektiven von Biotreibstoffen, Biomasse und Biogas in der Ukraine.
PDF Download, Projektletter Osteuropa, 27.07.2007

Biofuels in Ukraine: how to make them work
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