Wind energy in Ukraine could reach 10-15 GW in the long term

Capacity of wind energy in Ukraine could reach 10-15 GW in the long term, Chairman of the Management Board of the Ukrainian Wind Energy Association (UWEA) Andriy Konechenkov told a press conference, ForUm correspondent reports.
According to the expert, fulfillment of this potential requires more than 200 billion UAH of government subsidies.
“In the next few years, given the state of the power grids and substations, sound technical potential of the domestic wind power is 7-8 GW or up to 12% of the total power generation of the country.
From this point of view, the Black and the Azov seas – especially east of Crimea, where there is demand for electricity, are rather promising areas. Other promising areas include Zaporozhia, Donetsk, Luhansk, Mykolayiv, Odesa, Ivano-Frankivsk and Lviv regions,” the expert said.
He added that the national wind energy potential could be described more precisely, using the so-called wind atlas, which should contain data on the movement of air masses.
“Its development has been lobbying at the state level, but so far without success. Today we need a comprehensive program to study wind potential in the areas, where we can develop wind power,” the UWEA head said.
Also, in his opinion, the share of “local element” (Ukrainian components and services) in each project of renewable energy should be less than 15%. “For as long as there is no production of domestic effective power equipment, it has to be purchased in the West. Of course, similar domestic production must be maintained, however within reasonable limits and that will cover part of the project, the roads, the foundations, and labor,” Konechenkov is sure.