- Published: 05 May 2006 05 May 2006
The Ukrainian people today, 20 years after the Chernobyl nuclear disaster, have the ability to be completely self sufficient with their electricity production through the use of renewable energy sources and means of increased energy efficiency.
The wind energy potential alone is large enough to generate about 70.000.000 MWh per year which can be achieved by 2050 at the latest. Andrej Konechenkov, the Vice-President of the non-governmental Renewable Energy Agency, Ukraine, underlines: “The Ukraine has huge reserves of renewable energy, and in particular, the share of wind power produced electricity in the system could reach 20 % by 2020. 23 facilities, which were formerly military production complexes, are involved in the production of wind turbine components. This is being undertaken within the framework of a comprehensive programme for the development of wind farms in Ukraine. However, the energy strategy of Ukraine, which was recently approved by the government of Ukraine, is a document without a sound economic and technical rationalization.