Ukraine Need Energy Efficiency & Renewables

UKRAINE needs to improve energy efficiency along with renewables to reduce its reliance on expensive Russian natural gas to gain energy independence according to New Europe Online.

New Europe report that a debate is ongoing over whether to concentrate on energy efficiency or renewables, when both are vital to their energy future.

European-Ukrainian Energy Agency Director Elena Rybak told New Europe, “I always say we don’t need to choose. There has to be a reasonable way of diversifying energy resources from the perspective of energy security or security of supply but, at the same time, we can’t waste these resources investing into expensive renewable energy only without tackling demand on the efficiency side.”

Rybak noted that potential energy savings in buildings could be up to 70% and across the country’s electricity infrastructure anywhere between 15% to 30%.

The country has also suffered in recent years from black-outs due to under capacity in its generating infrastructure.

“The country is on the verge of infrastructure collapse: It’s all old; it’s all inefficient,” Rybak said, adding, “Renewables [have] moved much further and this is good but, at the same time, it needs to be the proper energy mix and the proper sustainable development with decreasing of the demand side as well, which is enormously high in Ukraine.”

Picture of  Ohotnikovo solar station Ukraine by Activ Solar reproduced under GNU Documents License.

Monday 15th October 2012

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