Ukraine’s “green” energy sector is on the brink of bankruptcy because of the NCRECP

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The National Commission on Energy and Communal Services with its decisions is deliberately leading the green energy industry to bankruptcy, despite the fact that this industry is a priority for the energy recovery of Ukraine.

It is reported RBC-Ukraine with reference to Artem Semenyshyn, director of the Association of Solar Energy of Ukraine.

According to him, according to the results of 2022, the level of payments to producers of electricity from renewable energy sources amounted to slightly more than 50%, in monetary terms it is UAH 12.4 billion.

“Such large debts are, first of all, a consequence of the approval of a deficit tariff for transmission in previous years, which was constantly talked about by the participants of the renewable energy market, but it was often ignored by the NCRECP,” said Semenyshyn.

He emphasized that the mistakes were not taken into account and now new conditions are being laid to worsen the situation. For example, for two quarters from the beginning of the war, the NCRECP did not revise the approved size of the “green tariff” in accordance with the current exchange rate, in violation of the legislation.

“In such conditions, a wave of bankruptcies of renewable energy enterprises may begin, if it is not possible to quickly reach an understanding with the banks,” said the ASEU director.

He also added that in September 2022, NEC “Ukrenergo” undertook to pay off the debts due to restrictions to RES producers, but so far about UAH 3 billion of debts have not been paid.

“The life of producers of electricity from RES is significantly complicated. And this is at a time when we are already losing the capacity of traditional generation facilities due to occupation and destruction… Instead, the responsible state bodies are short-sightedly trying to “drown” the RES sector, maintaining an artificial crisis of non-payments on the electricity market,” Semenyshyn said.

It will be recalled that the state-owned enterprise “Guaranteed Buyer” could not settle with “green” generation for half of the electricity in 2022. The lowest level of settlements was formed in March-July 2022 and was in the range of 20-32%. A slightly higher level of payments was in August (46.4%), September (65.3%) and October (73%). Only in January, February, November and December did the level of payments exceed 90%.

Earlier, President Volodymyr Zelenskyi said that Ukraine aspires to become a hub of “green” energy for the European Union.

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