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ANNUAL PAYMENTS FOR ELECTRICITY FROM RENEWABLE SOURCES ON FEED-IN TARIFF IN UKRAINE COULD EXCEED EUR 1.3 BLN OVER NEXT 10 YEARS

Annual production of electricity from renewable energy sources, taking into account objects commissioned until 2020, will exceed 7.5 billion kWh, while annual payments for energy resources at feed-in tariffs will be EUR1.3 billion, according to the presentation posted on the website of the Ministry of Energy and Coal Industry.
It is reported that by the end of 2019 some 2.7 GW of renewable energy capacity will be additionally commissioned. Taking into account ‘green’ capacities put into operation by 2021, annual payments could amount to about EUR 1.8 billion, which corresponds to the payments made by Energoatom for 55% of electricity it generates (in 2018 prices).
The ministry said, with reference to the calculations of Ukrenergo, that additional costs to cover unbalances in the power system, which will arise due to the difficult predictability of alternative generation, could amount to EUR 300-900 million (depending on the price in the balancing market).
According to the ministry, in 2018, the total amount paid to producers of electricity from renewable energy sources on feed-in tariffs was EUR 560 million (including VAT), which corresponds to 7.9% of the total cost of electricity generated in the country with the share of sales being 1.9%

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FEED-IN TARIFF FOR PRIVATE ROOFTOP SOLAR UNITS TO BE CUT BY 67% FROM 2025

The National Commission for Energy, Housing and Utilities Services Regulation (NCER) has set a feed-in tariff for private rooftop household solar power plants with a capacity of up to 50 kW and/or facades of buildings and other permanent facilities, as well as for private wind farms with a capacity up of 50 KW and combined wind and solar plants with a capacity of up to 50 kW.
The draft resolution was approved by the regulator on June 27.
In particular, the tariff for rooftop solar power plants with a capacity of 50 kW constructed on January 1, 2019 through December 31, 2019 is set at UAH 540.79 per kWh (without VAT), which is 18 eurocents per kWh. For the facilities constructed on January 1, 2020 through December 31, 2024 the tariff will be reduced by 10%, to UAH 486.07 per kWh (without VAT). The tariff will be cut by three times (66.7%), to UAH 157.26 per kWh (without VAT), which is 5 eurocents per kWh, for the solar power plants constructed on January 1, 2025 through December 31, 2029.
The regulator also set feed-in tariffs for wind power plants with a capacity of 50 kWh constructed during the three periods at UAH 347.65, UAH 312.24, and UAH 101.14 per kWh (without VAT) respectively, and for hybrid wind and solar power plants at UAH 489.29, UAH 366.96, and UAH 115.75 per kWh respectively.

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GROUND HOUSEHOLD SOLAR PLANTS WITH CAPACITY OF UP TO 30 KV GUARANTEED FEED-IN TARIFF BY LATE 2019

The relevant Rada committee, when preparing the adopted law on green auctions for signature by the speaker, proposes making a clear definition of conditions for providing feed-in tariffs for all household solar power plants with a capacity of up to 30 kV, indicating that their owners are entitled to such a tariff until the end of 2019.
Oleksandr Dombrovsky, the chairman of the Verkhovna Rada committee on fuel and energy complex, nuclear policy and nuclear safety, said on his Facebook page that he had sent a letter to Rada Speaker Andriy Parubiy with a corresponding proposal.
According to him, in the process of technical and legal preparation of the law on green auctions, adopted by the Verkhovna Rada, the main legal department of the Verkhovna Rada revealed inconsistencies that may lead to incorrect practice of its application. Thus, the law established the procedure for calculating feed-in tariffs for households operating solar plants of up to 50 kV, provided they are placed on roofs, facades of buildings and other housing structures. However, he did not foresee the procedure for calculating the tariff for all household solar plants with a capacity of up to 30 kV until the end of 2019.
To eliminate this gap, the procedure of Article 131 of the regulations may be applied, which allows for clarification of the wording of the voted law, the committee believes.

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REGULATOR REMOVES UAH 215 MLN FROM UKRENERGO’S TARIFF

The National Commission for the State Regulation of Energy, Housing and Utilities Services (NCER) has removed UAH 215.172 million from the tariff of national energy company Ukrenergo saved on procurement in 2017, which would entail the worsening of financial indicators of the state-run enterprise and its payments to the national budget. The press service of Ukrenergo reported that the commission at a meeting on Tuesday cut the company’s tariff for transmission for December 2018 to 3.45 kopecks per kilowatt.
The company said that only on September 4, 2018 the company was permitted to use UAH 215.17 million saved on procurement and obliged to provide a package of documents amending the investment program before October 1.
On September 21, Ukrenergo provided the commission with all the required information, including the approval of regional administrations and the Ministry of Energy and Coal during public hearings. At the same time, on October 24, it became known that the approvals provided by the company did not suit the commission, which demanded a separate letter of approval of changes from the relevant ministry.
As a result, the commission has withdrawn UAH 215.172 million from the tariff of Ukrenergo. The money at that time was already invested in projects for the construction and modernization of the energy infrastructure.
According to Ukrenergo CEO Vsevolod Kovalchuk, the withdrawal of this amount from the investment program is an unreasonable decision, as a result of which the financial indicators of the enterprise and its contributions to the national budget will decrease.
“In fact, this is a redistribution of funds between the energy market players. These funds should have been channeled to additional financing of transitional strategic facilities that are important for the entire industry. We are concerned that this decision will not lead to a decrease in wholesale electricity prices and will not affect the payments of end consumers, but it will negatively affect the indicators of gross income and profit of the company, its payments to the national budget,” Kovalchuhk said.
According to Ukrenergo, the total amount of the investment program of Ukrenergo for 2018 is UAH 2.61 billion. In the nine months ending September 2018, its actual implementation amounted to 94.2%. At the same time, funding continues for projects launched or pending in 2017.

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KYIVSTAR LAUNCHES FAMILY TARIFF

The Kyivstar mobile communications operator has launched the family tariff for contract subscribers with a possibility of connecting up to four numbers to one account for UAH 75 a month. The press service of the company reported on Wednesday that under the terms of the tariff, in addition to unlimited calls in the Kyivstar network, subscribers will receive 50 minutes for calls to other networks in Ukraine, as well as to Italy, Poland and Russia, 5,000 MB of Internet and free use of the Kyivstar Go TV application.
The connection is available for Kyivstar subscribers who use the services of the operator for at least three months, if they visited the company’s branch with a passport.
Connection is possible only to an existing personal account, where a number/ numbers with Kyivstar 4G, Kyivstar 4G Extra, Kyivstar 4G Ultra, Kyivstar 4G Business, Kyivstar 4G Business VIP, Kyivstar 4G Extra + and Kyivstar 4G Business Premium are already registered, while one personal account can have no more than four numbers from Kyivstar Family registered.
At the same time, the company said in the press release that if at least one of the conditions for using the tariff is not met, the subscription fee at the Kyivstar Family tariff will be UAH 150 a month.

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