🟢 On September 3, 2021, the leading associations of the Renewable Energy Sector (RES), the European-Ukrainian Energy Agency, the Solar Energy Association of Ukraine, the Ukrainian Renewable Energy Association, and the Ukrainian Wind Energy Association took part in a meeting with Deputy Minister of Energy of Ukraine Oleksandr Nemchyn.
✔️ During the meeting, the participants covered topics related to the further development of mechanisms to support renewable energy in Ukraine, fulfillment of Ukraine’s international obligations in the field of climate policy. The parties exchanged views and had no objections to the fact that in order to ensure the competitiveness of Ukraine’s economy, measures should be taken to significantly reduce the “carbon footprint” of the energy sector, in particular by expanding the use of renewable energy sources (RES), attracting and stimulating relevant national and international investment.
❗️Representatives of the associations reminded of the challenges facing the participants of the renewable energy market, which does not create proper conditions for attracting such investments. The Constitutional Court of Ukraine is considering a motion to declare the “green” tariff unconstitutional. The Antimonopoly Committee of Ukraine is considering an application for illegal state aid to RES electricity producers. The existence of such processes undermines the confidence of national and international RES investors to the Government of Ukraine and in the guarantees and state incentives provided by the state.
➡️ According to official publications, the Ministry of Energy of Ukraine (hereinafter – the Ministry) has currently drafted a law on the possibility of using such models to support and finance projects in the field of renewable energy, Contracts for difference. Associations support the initiative and at the same time, draw attention to the importance of compliance with Ukrainian legislation and secondary EU legislation in the field of state aid to businesses to avoid potential claims and lawsuits that threaten the functioning of the renewable energy support system.
➖ Following the meeting, the participants agreed to start expert work and prepare a round table with key stakeholders of the Ukrainian Government, market participants to identify common approaches to reform Ukraine’s renewable energy support system, taking into account Ukrainian legislation and secondary EU legislation in the field of state aid.