Oleh Zarubinsky MP : Ukraine should adopt European trends and it is 40-50 percent of renewable energy in 10-15 years

Ukraine's government has been proposed to increase the share of renewable energy in the energy balance of the country as part of improving the Energy Strategy 2030. This initiative was put forward by First Deputy Chairman of the Verkhovna Rada Committee on Fuel and Energy Sector, Nuclear Policy and Nuclear Safety Oleh Zarubinsky MP.

"I have turned to Prime Minister Mykola Azarov and Minister of Energy and Coal Industry Eduard Stavytsky as a member of the board of the Ministry of Energy and Coal Industry that this strategy - for it's not concrete, not a law or code - increase the share of green energy," the MP told Ukrinform.

"The share of renewable energy sources, including thanks to my law on the 'green tariff', has grown nearly 4 times in two years. I would like someone to show where there is still such progress," the politician continued. According to him, "this pace should not only be slowed down, but built up."

"If we are talking about the European path, we should adopt European trends, and it is 40-50 percent of renewable energy in 10-15 years, when it comes, for example, about Germany and the Nordic countries," Zarubinsky noted.

According to him, currently the share of renewable energy in the energy balance does not reach 1 percent. "Therefore, it is necessary to invest in the Sun, wind, hydro-electric power stations - in the energy, associated with the renewable sources, and not with what the 'mother nature' has given," the MP stressed.

As reported, in late July the government approved the updated Energy Strategy of Ukraine 2030. The text of the document has not yet been made public.

In the baseline scenario it has been assumed that by 2030, solar, wind and small hydro power plants will generate 13 billion kW/h of electricity compared to 0.8 billion kW/h in 2012. After the adoption of the document, it was proposed to increase this figure three times to about 40 billion kW/h.

According to experts, the development of renewable energy at a faster rate carries risks of technological stability of the integrated energy system. European countries, including Germany and Spain, have already reduced subsidies for renewable energy. The Czech Republic, due to the threat of a trouble-free operation of the network, reduced the tariff for such generation two-fold. At the same time, in the country after the introduction of 1,600 MW of "green generation" in 2011, electricity rose in price by 13 percent for households and 25-28 percent - for the industry.

source : Ukrinform

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