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Alternative energy market revives in Ukraine

Posted by the Editor on January 5, 2012


News / 5 January 2012 | 17:38

Alternative energy market revives in Ukraine

Alternative energy market revives in Ukraine

The alternative energy market has revived in Ukraine since the end of 2010. This was triggered by the entry into force of “green” tariffs for electricity produced from renewable energy sources, according to experts of Ukraine’s Institute for Energy Studies.

“The year 2011 has been marked by the beginning of big changes in alternative energy. By and large, this is Ukraine’s second attempt to create competition to imported natural gas after a failed program for alternative energy development in the 1990s,” according to a study by the institute, UKRINFORM reports.

Investors are mostly interested in wind and solar energy in Ukraine. Austria’s Activ Solar implemented large-scale projects on the construction of solar power plants in 2011. Over one year, it built three solar power plants in Crimea. In 2012, the construction of solar power plants will continue in Crimea and Odesa region.

Wind power in 2011 was represented by a project in Donetsk region – the Novoazovsky wind power plant. The project envisages the construction of 43 wind turbines with a capacity of 2.5 MW each. The design capacity of wind turbines is 107.5 MW.

Donbass Fuel and Energy Company (DTEK) also announced its plans to invest in wind energy. In 2011, it started drafting a project on the construction of a 500 MW wind power plant in Zaporizhzhia region in southeast Ukraine. In general, DTEK announced its ambitious plans to invest EUR 1.85 billion in the construction of two wind farms.

“A natural result of the activity of companies in the field of alternative energy development in Ukraine was the decision by international auditing company Ernst & Young to include Ukraine in its quarterly report entitled ‘Renewable Energy Country Attractiveness Index.’ Ukraine was for the first time included in the company’s rating, which has been published since 2003. Our country was ranked 32nd among 40 countries where the conditions for investment in this sector are considered the best,” the institute said.

The confirmation of the interest of foreign investors in the Ukrainian market of alternative energy was the fact that China National Machinery Industry Corporation decided to invest in the construction of a 300 MW solar power plant in southern Ukraine, according to the study.

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President instructs thorough investigation of traffic accident in Khmelnytskyi region

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News / 5 January 2012 | 17:01

President instructs thorough investigation of traffic accident in Khmelnytskyi region

President instructs thorough investigation of traffic accident in Khmelnytskyi region

President Viktor Yanukovych has instructed Interior Minister Vitaliy Zakharchenko to ensure an impartial thorough investigation of a traffic accident that occurred December 31, 2011 near the village of Vilkhivka, Khmelnytskyi region, resulting in two people injured and one man dead. The Minister is to report to the President on the investigation results by January 20.

The President also instructed Prosecutor General Viktor Pshonka to provide adequate supervision over the investigation.

On December 31 in Khmelnytskyi region a car Toyota Land Cruiser collided with VAZ. In the result of the accident one of the VAZ passengers died and the driver and another passenger were hospitalized. The driver of Toyota escaped from the scene.

On January 1 some Ternopil internet newspapers reported that Toyota Land Cruiser was driven by Ternopil governor Khoptyan, who was going with his wife to Khmelnytskyi region for holidays.

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Ice-house to be opened in Lviv for Christmas

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News / 5 January 2012 | 16:21

Ice-house to be opened in Lviv for Christmas

Ice-house to be opened in Lviv for Christmas

The only in Ukraine Ice-house will be opened in Lviv for Christmas holidays, press office of the Lviv city council reports. The opening ceremony wil ltake place January 7 on the Market square in the center of the city.

“A white dome, 9 meters high and with a total area of 154 square meters will become the hit of the Christmas fair. The Ice-house will be working daily from 10 am till 8 pm – excursions in the morning and parties in the evening. Ice-house will be opened till March,” the report says.

“Inside the Ice-house visitors will be able to see ice sculptures dedicated to Euro-2012, to drink beverages from ice glasses, to take part in inflammatory parties and other surprises,” organizers of the fair say.

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Queen of the Netherlands will take up her residence in Kharkiv during UEFA EURO 2012

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News / 5 January 2012 | 15:41

Queen of the Netherlands will take up her residence in Kharkiv during UEFA EURO 2012

Queen of the Netherlands will take up her residence in Kharkiv during UEFA EURO 2012

Her Majesty Beatrix Wilhelmina Armgard Queen of the Netherlands is planning to visit Kharkiv (Ukraine’s east) in summer. The Queen’s plans are to support the national team of her country during UEFA EURO 2012.

According to Ukraine-2012 information portal, the Queen plans to be present at three matches of the Dutch national team at the sports complex Metalist, which will be held June 9, 13 and 17.

January 23, Queen’s representatives will come to Kharkiv to examine a hotel, where Beatrix Wilhelmina Armgard could take up her residence.

To remind, the Dutch national team has chosen Krakow as a training ground, despite the fact that it will have all matches of the group stage in Kharkiv.

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Chip implants help reducing illegal cutting of pine trees

Posted by the Editor on January 5, 2012


News / 5 January 2012 | 15:00

Chip implants help reducing illegal cutting of pine trees

Chip implants help reducing illegal cutting of pine trees

Illegal sale of fir-trees on New Year eve has decreased in Ukraine, in some regions by almost 50%, compared to the previous year.

According to the State agency on forest resources, officials of the agency held over 15,000 check raids on the eve of the New Year holidays. As a result, nearly 5,000 illegally felled trees were revealed, offenders paid fines worth of UAH 54,000.

Illegal cutting of fir-and pine trees has significantly decreased due to innovation – special information chips implanted into every tree with data of origin of the tree. This innovation helps to reveal illegally cut trees and scares many poachers away, the State agency on forest resources says.

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Parliament establishes National Bureau of Anti-Corruption Investigations

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News / 5 January 2012 | 14:00

Parliament establishes National Bureau of Anti-Corruption Investigations

Parliament establishes National Bureau of Anti-Corruption Investigations

Chairman of the Sub-Committee on Legislative Support of Anti-Corruption Policy, Control for the Civil Rights Observance and Cooperation with Public and other Organizations Oleksandr Riabeka informed that the bill (Reg. No. 5031) lays legal foundations for establishment and activity of the National Bureau of Anti-Corruption Investigations of Ukraine an authorized state law enforcement body in charge of corruption counteraction, ForUm learned from the press office of the parliament.

The primary tasks of the National Bureau of Anti-Corruption Investigations of Ukraine are investigative work, preliminary investigation and prejudicial inquiry in the criminal cases within its competence, and counteraction to the corruptive actions committed by the high-ranking officials empowered to fulfill the functions of the state.

The National Bureau of Anti-Corruption Investigations of Ukraine shall consist of the main department and eleven regional departments (a total of 1300 persons), and an educational establishment for personnel development. President of Ukraine shall appoint the director of the National Bureau of Anti-Corruption Investigations for a five-year period on the basis of an open and transparent competitive selection. Operations officers and investigators shall be appointed on the basis of competitive selection as well.

Members of the working group supported the idea of setting up a special anti-corruption agency. However, they stated that the said bill is an adjusted version of the previous bill “On the National Bureau of Anti-Corruption Investigations of Ukraine”, but the submitted remarks and proposals have not been fully considered.

The People´s Deputies called against introducing a poorly defined concept of “a high-ranking official empowered to fulfill the functions of the state or local self-government.” They claimed that requirements for appointment and dismissal of the director of the National Bureau of Anti-Corruption Investigations of Ukraine contradict the powers of the Head of State as stipulated by the Constitution of Ukraine.      

Members of the working group stated that authors of the bill provided neither financial-economic argumentation or calculations nor the suggestions concerning cut-down on the budget expenditures and/or sources of extra budget revenue to cover expenses for the establishment and support of the National Bureau of Anti-Corruption Investigations.

It was decided that after the bill is adjusted, it can be submitted to the committee which should give its opinion in line with the Law “On the Standing Orders of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine.”

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Kyiv to upgrade 250 metro carriages

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News / 5 January 2012 | 13:00

Kyiv to upgrade 250 metro carriages

Kyiv to upgrade 250 metro carriages

Within the next three year Kyiv metropolitan municipal enterprise plans to upgrade about 250 metro carriages, Volodymyr Fedorenko, head of the enterprise, told “Kyiv” TV channel, ForUm learned from the press office of Kyiv city administration.

“Now we have an opportunity to get about one milliard hryvnias for the development of metropolitan. The matter concerns the special-purpose means from “green investments” provided by Kyoto protocol. We plan to use this means for upgrading of current metro carriages. The examination of the carriages showed that the main details are in good conditions and that the carriages can run for another ten years. We plan to implement the latest technologies in order to reduce energy consumption and to upgrade interior design of carriages to make them more comfortable,” the official said.

Fedorenko informed that for now there is a possibility to finance upgrading of 185 carriages. “We are holding talks with Japanese colleagues in order to attract more investments and to finance upgrading of all 250 carriages. These are the plans for 2014-2015 years,” the official said.

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Court bans Batkivshchyna’s picketing colony where Tymoshenko is kept

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News / 5 January 2012 | 12:15

Court bans Batkivshchyna's picketing colony where Tymoshenko is kept

Court bans Batkivshchyna’s picketing colony where Tymoshenko is kept

Campgrounds and pickets near the Kachanivka colony on January 5 and 6, planned by the opposition party Batkivshchyna in support of their leader, Yulia Tymoshenko, were prohibited by a decision of Kharkiv District Administrative Court, UKRINFORM reported with reference to the press service of the City Council.

“The City Council substantiated its claim by the fact that the holding of public events around the colony is contrary to the law. The Kachanivka colony is a special protected facility,” the statement says.

Moreover, as explained by the press service, the organizers of the picket did not file timely a notice of its conduct, which did not allow local authorities to organize a protest so that it would not harm the health of its participants and other citizens.
Today, according to a deputy chairman of the Kharkiv regional chapter of the opposition party Batkivshchyna, Valeriy Dudko, about fifty supporters of Yulia Tymoshenko came to Kharkiv from Kyiv for a rally in her support.

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