Ukraine Going Green: New Wind Power Plant to Start Operating This Month

By Worldwide News Ukraine, PRNE
Thursday, February 10, 2011

KYIV, Ukraine, February 11, 2011 - Ukraine is making a firm step towards the green energy future.
This week one of the country's regional governors launched a project which
will becomea pilot for other green energy solutions in Ukraine. The Chairman
of Donetsk Region State Administration Anatoly Blyzniuk announced that
installation of three out of 23 preplanned wind power units in Ukraine is
complete. Each unit has the capacity of 2.5 MW,and the whole project is
expected to be completed by 2015.

The innovative wind-driven electrical power plantwill be
launched in Donetsk region ofUkrainethis month, according to
AnatolyBlyzniuk.The new wind-power plantwill start generating electricity on
February 19.

Today, Ukraine uses only 0.2 percent of its wind capacity.However, the
Ukrainian energy strategy foresees the increase of
alternative energy generation of up to 6 percent. At the same time, the wind
energy would be sufficient for providing 20 percent of electricity used by
Ukrainians,said Dmytro Khmara, an energy expert to Radio Svoboda.

Nowadays around 60 percent of energy resources, mainly natural
gas,in the country is imported. Therefore, increasing the wind generated
energy will make the country more energetically and politically
self-sufficient, mentioned Dmytro Khmara.

Other developing countries also extend their wind energy
capacity.According to the Global Wind Energy Council (GWEC), India added 2.1
GW in 2010, Brazil 326 MW, Mexico 316 MW, and North African states Egypt,
Morocco and Tunisia added213 MW. Though Ukraine is a little behind EU
countries with respect to the wind power generated so far, it has made a huge
progress in terms of installed wind power capacity, emerging ahead of Russia,
Iceland and Switzerland according to the 2010 European statistics of the
European Wind Energy Association.

"Wind power is now rapidly expanding beyond the traditional
'rich country' markets, a clear sign of its growing competitiveness," said
Steve Sawyer, the Secretary of the Global Wind Energy Council.

For more information, please contact Maryna Khorunzha. +380509151565 news at, Project Manager at Worldwide News Ukraine

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