that the tariff abolition for biogas is a bad sign for the development of a very prospective sector of renewable energy within Ukraine. “If Ukraine is to have any chance of meeting its previously stated targets for renewably generated electricity, it really needs to take a far more unified governmental stance in promoting the market” – said Mr. Young. Also, according to the Chairman of the EUEA Board, the exact wording and logic stated are perplexing to say the least. “The President should reconsider the advice he is being given, which seems to be completely contrary to the facts and predictions experts and a wide range of market players have been working at”- Dave Young concluded.
Experts of the alternative energy market in Ukraine also point out that the President’s proposals, which were submitted to the Parliament for reconsideration, come into the direct conflict with the position of the leading Ukrainian experts in the field, the general trends of the renewable energy market development in the EU and the world, government policy documents and the instructions of President of Ukraine.
Director of SEC “Biomass”, Georgiy Geletukha considers unjustified the assertion that after 2017 the cost of electricity produced by wind energy in Ukraine will be almost seven times lower than the cost of electricity produced from biogas. “Theses of this kind require proof by the clear comparison of numerical data for various technologies and can’t be justified by calculations of only one Institute of NASU, especially without citing the source of information” – the expert said.
In her turn, the Director of EUEA, Elena Rybak notes that by stimulation of biogas electricity production the state increases the level of environmental safety on the larger territory of Ukraine at the same time and encourages investment in the entirely new market segment. “There are about 1800 of solid waste landfills in Ukraine, 1,000 of them – unauthorized. It is estimated that Ukraine’s potential to collect landfill is approximately 65 million m3 per year, which covers the annual natural gas demand for the population of a big Ukrainian city”– said Elena Rybak. Nowadays, waste products, which should only be disposed using biogas technology, constitute the glaring threat to public health, soil, air and groundwater. In addition, biogas projects in the agricultural sector have a huge potential and present a great interest to the investors. “While we were waiting for the law to be signed, we met with many European companies which had begun working on biogas projects. The ambitious targets set by the government for the renewable energy sources usage left no doubt that the law would be signed. Unfortunately, today we are sorry once again for the inconsistent policy of Ukraine, which definitely hurts our investment image”– the Director of EUEA said.
The experts are unanimous in their view that the thesis about possibility of a negative impact on energy security connected to the production of electricity from biogas does not stand up to criticism. According to Georgiy Geletukha: “The level of energy security is undermined by the dependency on energy supplies from a foreign country, rather than by diversification of energy supply with a maximum use of local energy sources”.
It is worth mentioning, that earlier an open appeal regarding concerns about the lack of transparency in the process of updating the Energy Strategy of Ukraine till 2030 was addressed to the President of Ukraine, the Prime Minister and the Head of the Verkhovna Rada on behalf of the Ukrainian civil society. Where among other aspects, more than 20 specialists and market experts insist on the organization of an open civil discussion of the Energy Strategy.