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​Renewables seen as Ukraine's road to energy independence from Russia

Published time: April 18, 2014 14:39
Reuters/Vasily Fedosenko

Reuters/Vasily Fedosenko

As a way of becoming less reliant on Russian conventional energy Ukraine is talking to US investors who want to put money into alternative energy like wind and solar.

Russia’s aggression towards Ukraine indeed brought energy security concerns to the fore,” as Bloomberg quotes Olexander Motsyk, Ukraine’s ambassador to the US said at a renewable-energy conference in Washington on Thursday. “I strongly believe the time has come for US investors to discover Ukraine, especially its energy.

To get away from Russian natural gas as the primary source for heat and electric power, Ukraine seeks wants to invest in biomass heat plants, wind and solar power.

US and European officials have been trying to find ways to help Ukraine limit its dependence, including the possibility of US approval to export liquefied natural gas.

Vadym Glamazdin, the managing director of the Energy Industry Research Center (EIRC) suggests heating in Ukraine accounts for about 40 percent of all gas imported from Russia. This could be replaced with renewable energy within three to five years.

According to his words by 2030, renewables could account for about 15 percent of Ukraine’s electricity supply, currently it is only 2 percent.

The EIRC research shows that the most likely and adoptable form of renewable energy for Ukraine are biomass and biogas, as the nation’s network of electric-power lines and substations can’t easily adjust to the addition of significant amounts of wind and solar energy.

The resources are there,” now the major challenge is to attract investment, Todd Foley, a senior vice president for policy and government relations at the American Council on Renewable Energy said.

One biomass plant could replace 24,000 natural gas boilers EIRC officials said.

Comments (44)


Peter Jennings 21.04.2014 21:55

Maybe the Kiev junta will get their people lumbered with the remnants of Solyndra solar company?
These boys are perfect for the job as they keep getting things wrong too and will fit right in on the Ukrainian cash grab.

When that fails, there's always monsanto.


Ters 21.04.2014 11:50

Nothing Else Matters 21.04.2014 07:40

Did you know we have made them so even at night or in the dark they still capture that same amount of energy?


So lar panels capture the same energy when there is no sun? You are either a paid troll or complete idiot if you really believe what you write.


Ters 21.04.2014 02:49

To replace only MW capacity of Ukrainian Zaporizhia nuclear plant (6000MW) with solar panels, that requires about 30 million panels. Yes, that is right, 30 million ! panels at todays technology. But as Zaporizhia full output is available ~ 80%, while 30 million panels would produce 6000MW only ~ 20% of time, to actually replace Zaporizhia's production 1:1 in kWh, it would take ~ 150 million panels. However, that would still be of no help, as there would be surplus of electricity during the day and not enough during the night. 150 million panels requires ~ 1000 km square of land and would cost at least $60 billion.

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