WindGuard speaks at round table discussion in Kiev

On February 23, 2017 a round table discussion will take place in Kyiv entitled “Technical and legal aspects of implementing wind energy projects in Ukraine. Prospects for development.” International law firm Dentons and PU Ukrainian Wind Energy Association are the co-organizers. The general sponsor is Deutsche WindGuard.

The key issues to be discussed at the event include technical management of wind power plants (WPP), possibilities for financing wind energy projects, legal and practical aspects of implementing projects, the current situation in the industry, and the main priorities of development in 2017.

Participants of the round table discussion include members of the Ukrainian Wind Energy Association (UWEA), representatives of companies operating in the Ukrainian renewable energy market, international financial institutions and state industry organizations.

“Today the future of the energy sector in Ukraine in the nearest future is decided. Introduction of ‘green’ energy technologies, including the construction of new WPPs, is the way to energy independence, economic development of the regions and creation of new jobs,” according to Andriy Konechenkov, Board Chairman of UWEA and Vice President of the World Wind Energy Association. “But the process of designing and constructing any energy objects must clearly comply with international rules. European experience shows that the optimal use of wind energy technologies may radically change the energy system and promote the use of renewable sources of energy generation.”

Maksym Sysoiev, senior associate in Dentons’ Kyiv office, said: “Changes in the green tariff legislation in mid-2015 created grounds for developing renewable energy generation projects, in particular for wind energy projects in Ukraine, and raised great interest of both international and Ukrainian investors. In 2016, after three years of stagnation, the industry demonstrated a positive trend of development due to advantageous legal changes and their practical implementation. As a result, we saw a gradual increase of trust into renewable energy projects in Ukraine. However, not all regulatory barriers were eliminated for wind energy projects in 2015 and 2016. Moreover, new challenges appeared for the industry that needs attention on the part of the market players to overcome such challenges. What do we expect in 2017 for the Ukrainian wind energy generation due to such factors? We plan to discuss the above and other matters at the round table.”

Honorable speaker will be Leif Rehfeldt, Business Development Manager for Deutsche WindGuard, an international consulting company providing services in all areas of wind energy. 

“Deutsche WindGuard has been active in the Ukrainian wind energy market for many years and has identified a significant optimization potential for the wind farm projects through a professional and independent technical management,” stated Leif Rehfeldt from Deutsche WindGuard. 

The round table’s program will include presentations by Board Chairman of UWEA, Andriy Konechenkov, on “Wind energy sector – prospects for development” and Maksym Sysoiev on “Legal aspects of the development of the wind energy industry.” The event will have an interactive format including discussion of outstanding issues by Round table participants. 

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