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UABio participated in the TNA project: technology needs assessment in Ukraine. First report is published

Six experts of Bioenergy association of Ukraine participated in the TNA project. Technology Needs Assessment (TNA) is a set of country-driven activities leading to the identification, prioritisation and diffusion of environmentally sound technologies for mitigation and adaptation to climate change. The TNA project is implemented by the United Nations Environment Programme and the UNEP DTU Partnership on behalf of the Global Environment Facility. Project implementation period in Ukraine: 2018-2020Project Coordinator in Ukraine: Department of Climate Change and Ozone Conservation of the Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources of Ukraine.Coverage of the whole project: 70 countriesDuration of the whole project: 2005-2020Budget: USD 20...

! New Venue of the "Biomass for Energy 2019" Conference - Premier Palace Hotel

Dear future participants of the International Conference "BIOMASS for ENERGY 2019"! We are pleased to announce that due to the support of the conference by the UNDP project “Development and Commercialization of Bioenergy Technologies in the Municipal Sector in Ukraine”, this year’s venue will be changed. New Venue: Premier Palace Hotel - the only hotel in Kiev with more than a century-old history. We hope that holding a conference in the new, modern and comfortable halls of the hotel, located in the heart of the cultural and business life of Kiev, will help to raise its status, and its participants to establish cooperation with...

Prospects of Biomass market development in the EU and Ukraine. Interview with Georgii Geletukha for Openeurope and USPP

The non-governmental organization Openeurope and the Ukrainian Union of Industrialists and Entrepreneurs (USPP) have released an informational video for Ukrainian businesses about the prospects of using biomass, its economic benefits and forecasting investments in this field in the coming years. Experts: Chairman of the Board of the Bioenergy Association of Ukraine Georgii Geletukha, Advisor to the Chairman of the State Energy Efficiency Konstantin Gura, representatives of the Institute of Gas of the NAS of Ukraine Konstantin Piany and Yevgeny Nikitin are convinced that the biomass market in Ukraine will develop rapidly. By 2035, the latter will replace 11% of the energy...

Enough balancing with coal. Round table "Investment attractiveness of RES balancing in Ukraine"

The prospects for balancing capacity were discussed at the round table "Investment attractiveness of RES balancing in Ukraine" on July 23, 2019. Key points: New balancing capacities will be competitively selected in accordance with the procedure developed by the Ministry of Energy and Coal Industry (will be available on the website of the Ministry of Energy and Coal in the future); the winner is the one who is cheaper and meets the technical requirements for balancing in different balancing groups; Ukrenergo: “500 MW of new natural gas balancing capacity should be in 2020”. ; The views of WARTSILA, a manufacturer of high-maneuvered gas units...

UABio letter to the President on stopping payment the "green tariff"

The Bioenergy Association of Ukraine, together with the associations that unite the leading producers of electricity from RES, have appealed to the President of Ukraine Volodymyr Zelensky about the negative situation with the payment of purchased electricity from alternative sources at the "green" tariff. The reason was the decision of the District Administrative Court of Kyiv on the application to secure the claim of PJSC “Nikopol Ferroalloy Plant” to the National energy and utilities regulatory commission of Ukraine (NEURC) in the case No. 640/11330/19 on the recognition of illegal and the cancellation of a number of NEURC decisions. In particular, the...

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Mechanisms for supporting biomethane production and consumption

The development of biomethane production is the result of political will and reliable, long-lasting financial support mechanisms and investment subsidies, as biomethane cannot compete with natural gas in today's market conditions. Many European countries have already established mechanisms to support biomethane.Different countries use different support mechanisms to develop biomethane technologies. These mechanisms operate at different points in the biomethane value chain. Germany and Sweden were the pioneers in this area. Germany actively used, from 2000 to 2014, a green tariff for electricity from biogas, additional bonuses for enriching biogas to the quality of natural gas and the use of energy crops...

Economic prerequisites for the production and use of biomethane in electricity/heat production in Ukraine

Electricity produced from biomethane can already today be supplied to the grid at a “green” tariff of 0.1239 €/kWh (excluding VAT). However, the idea of ​​enriching biogas to biomethane is precisely the possibility of pumping it into the natural gas (NG) network. To create conditions for the use of biomethane from the NG network in the combined production of electricity and heat, it is necessary to create a national register of biomethane with the possibility of issuing certificates of origin, such as European certificates GoO (Guarantee of Origin). In the long term, with such a certificate, virtual trading of biomethane with EU...

Agrarian biomass potential for energy sector: project options for enterprises

What is the potential of agro biomass, and what hinders the development of relevant projects in Ukraine?What agricultural biomass energy projects can be implemented now?What is the volume of investments and payback period for agro biomass energy production projects in Ukraine? Read article "Agrarian biomass potential for energy sector: project options for enterprises",Georgii Geletukha – Chairman of the Board of the Bioenergy Association of Ukraine, Tetiana Zheliezna – Member of Auditing Committee of the Bioenergy Association of Ukraine. Monthly Journal "Zhurnal Holovnoho Enerhetyka", 2019, №7 July, p.47-53 (in Ukrainian)

Economic prerequisites for the production and use of biomethane as a motor fuel in Ukraine

The basic economic prerequisite for the development of the biomethane market is the increased price of fossil fuels, which is formed by additional environmental taxes and excise taxes on fossil fuels. Comparing the prices of compressed natural gas in different countries of Europe, we can see that the price in Ukraine is one of the lowest in the world and is in the lower price range and is currently 5.37 euro cents/kWh (0.51 €/m³). The highest price in Sweden is 13.78 euro cents/kWh (1.31 €/m³), ​​one of the leaders in the use of compressed biomethane in transport. Recall that enriched biogas (biomethane) can...

On October 30, 2018, Bioenergy Association of Ukraine together with the Ukrainian Association for Renewable Energy, the Ukrainian Wind Energy Association, the Association of Solar Energy, and the Ukrainian Hydrogen Council held a press conference on the need for urgent changes in the green energy stimulation system of Ukraine. Profile associations signed a memorandum of understanding, which sets out a consolidated position on the transition to a tender mechanism for stimulating the industry, reducing green tariffs, and encouraging small power generation from clean sources.

Head of the Board of the "Bioenergy Association of Ukraine" Georgiy Geletukha in his speech during a press conference, noted the following:

"By 2030, the law is known, but for projects with a long payback period this is not enough. If we now begin to build a bio-biological plant or a biogas plant, then after their commissioning, at least 2 years later, there will be less than 10 years of the guaranteed validity period of the “green” tariff. This situation contributes to the uncertainty of investors and banks in the recoupment of projects. Therefore, the state proposes to conclude contracts for the purchase of electricity with its producers from renewable energy sources for 20 years, but at the same time investors agree to go to the auction and bargain for lowering the price of such electricity.

Now we have a contradiction when increasing electric power from the sun and wind simultaneously increases the production of electricity from coal in order to provide system regulation and additional electricity needs during rush hours. We believe that players in the RES sector should enter the market for peak load coverage.

According to the Energy Strategy of Ukraine until 2035, the total share of renewables will be 25%, and in heat - 40%.
If this is translated into numbers, we get 24 thousand MW of thermal power, mainly on biomass. If at least half of these capacities will be in the district heating and industry, it will give 12 thousand MW of installed heat capacity. Assuming that 6 thousand MW of heat within these capacities will be produced in cogeneration mode, then at the same time more than 2 thousand MW of electricity from biomass will be produced.

Therefore, we do not support the theses that are being heard now about the need to build 3,000 MW of gas maneuvering capacity. At least where to get 2 thousand MW of electric capacities on biomass, I showed you. I predict that biogas plants will also make a significant additional contribution.

In practice, the operation of a CHP plant on biofuels may look like this: at night, the bio-heating system fills the storage tank with hot water, and during peak hours it will be able to work as much as possible to generate electricity, releasing heat from the storage tank to consumers. Similarly, a biogas plant due to a gasholder, which will allow biogas to accumulate at night, will be able to maximally generate electricity to the network during peak hours.

That is, there are technical solutions and opportunities, but it is necessary to interest the investor to invest in additional accumulating equipment (storage tanks, gas holders). In our opinion, for this it is necessary to provide tariff incentives for producers of electricity from renewable energy sources during their work at peak times. This will increase the share of generation from RES in the peak capacity market. There is such a point in the memorandum, and we support it. We hope that the authorities will take into account the proposals set forth in the memorandum in the final text of the Draft Law 8449".

Associations-signatories of the memorandum represent more than 80% of the renewable electricity generation market in Ukraine. This indicates that the majority of players and investors in the renewable energy market of Ukraine are aware of the need for changes in legislation and support the transition to the auction system to replace the current “green” tariff, which ends on December 31, 2029.

Eight draft laws on a new model of support for renewable energy through the introduction of auctions have been registered in the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine (Draft Law N8449 of 07/06/2018 and seven alternative ones), and the main Draft Law has been under discussion and refined for several months now. Representatives of associations are concerned about the relatively long discussion will lead to a delay in changes in the system of stimulating the development of the electric power industry from renewable energy sources in Ukraine. Therefore, they came up with a single agreed position on behalf of the overwhelming majority of players and investors in the renewable energy market regarding future changes in legislation.

>>Read the full text of the Memorandum of Understanding between the Association "Ukrainian Association of Renewable Energy", the Public Union "Ukrainian Wind Energy Association", the Public Union "Bioenergy Association of Ukraine", the Public Union "Energy Association" Ukrainian Hydrogen Council "and the Public Union" Association of Solar Energy of Ukraine" (in Ukrainian)<<

 
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