Why are wind power plants in Mykolayiv region so important? (audio interview)

Audio interview with Volodymyr Omelchenko (mp3)

Construction of wind power plants is real and possible now. Ukrainian energy workers demonstrate technology, fearlessness, and optimism. Construction of the Tiligul wind power plant in Mykolayiv region took place under shelling. The plant itself is not far from the front line. Therefore, it is quite dangerous there. This wind power plant is very important for Ukraine, because it will significantly improve the energy balance at critical moments of electricity shortage. In addition, it is a symbol of invincibility and optimism of our country. 

The initiative is great. Working directly with international investors reduces the level of bureaucracy. I think this way is very correct. This project is attractive for investors, and of course for us. It once again confirms that investments today are generally ready to go to the development of renewable energy sources — not thermal or nuclear generation but green generation. It may include solar panels, biofuels, windmills, energy storage systems, modules combining several sources. I think that different investors will offer different solutions.

Local authorities will be able to join forces to attract foreign investment in the development of renewable energy sources. Decentralization is very useful here. Communities will be able to raise investments for themselves.



Volodymyr Omelchenko

Director, Energy Programmes

Born in 1967 in Kyiv

Education: Kyiv Politechnic Institute, Department of Chemical Engineering (1992)

Author of over 50 scientific works and op-ed publications. Took part in development and implementation of international energy projects and scientific research in international energy policy


1992 – 1996 — worked in different positions in the mechanical engineering industry

1997 – 1998 — Head Expert of the Division of Oil, Gas and Petroleum Refining Industry of the Ministry of Economy of Ukraine

1998 – 2003 — Naftohaz Ukrayiny National Joint-Stock Company, in Charge of Oil Transportation Section

2004 – 2007 — Chief Consultant at the National Institute of International Security Problems of Ukraine’s NSDC

since February, 2007 — Leading Expert, Razumkov Centre. Director of Energy Programmes since 2013

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