Ukraine optimistic after 2015 flat-line

UKRAINE: Ukraine's wind sector remained at a standstill in 2015 but the head of the country's wind association said 2016 provides some cause for optimism.

Ukraine added only 16MW of capacity in 2015
Ukraine added only 16MW of capacity in 2015

A total of 1.13TWh of electricity was produced by Ukranian wind power plants in 2015 – excluding Crimea – accounting for approximately 0.73% of the total annual electricity generation of Ukraine last year, according the Ukrainian Wind Energy Association (UWEA).

This level remains similar to production levels in 2014 when 1.124TWh was generated from the country's wind projects.

Total installed capacity of wind power plants in Ukraine is estimated at 426.2MW. Last year only 16MW of new capacity was commissioned, compared to 126MW in 2014.

UWEA chairman Andriy Konechenkov said in a recent statement that there is a possibility the situation will improve significantly this year.

"The development of renewable energy not only helps to increase energy independence and security of Ukraine; renewable energy is the path to peace," he said. "These local energy sources, for which it is not necessary to fight, allow us to invest in the national and local economies and create new jobs,'' Konechenkov said.

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