The development of renewable energy sources and acceleration of the energy transition will allow Ukraine to strengthen the country’s energy security in general and the security of electricity transmission in particular.
This was emphasised by Minister of Energy of Ukraine German Galushchenko during his speech at a panel discussion at the Berlin Energy Transition Dialogue 2023.
The Head of the Ministry of Energy stressed that the development of renewable energy sources was the future of both Ukrainian and global energy.
“We see the future energy mix of Ukraine as follows: 50% is nuclear generation, which currently produces more than half of all electricity in Ukraine, and the remaining 50% will be generated by renewable energy sources,” he said.
German Galushchenko stressed that Ukraine remained committed to the global goals of the green transition, while the wartime situation had also forced the country to accelerate the development of renewable energy sources.
“Since October 10, 2022, the Ukrainian power system has been attacked by russians 271 times. As a result of these attacks, transmission systems were damaged or destroyed, making it impossible to transmit electricity from one region to another,” he explained.
The Minister stressed that the development of renewable energy sources would allow decentralising electricity generation across the country, reducing the vulnerability of the power system to enemy attacks, and increasing security of supply.
“The energy strategy of Ukraine stipulates that by 2035, Ukraine will have 25% of renewables. But now, given the destruction caused by the enemy to our thermal generation facilities and grids, we must strengthen the development of renewable energy sources and accelerate the energy transition. This is a matter of national security and security of electricity transmission,” the Minister concluded.