Coal phase out target requires speedier wind power installation in Ukraine

Nuclear dominates Ukraine’s electricity generation with slightly more than a half share. The country also has the third largest coal fleet in Europe, with coal accounting for one fourth of its total power generation in 2021.

Ukraine’s non-hydro renewables share in power generation reached 6.1% in 2021 thanks to threefold and tenfold increases in wind and solar installed capacity respectively over the course of the last five years. Hydro’s share of power generation (6.8%) is at similar levels to the other renewable sources. 

Following coal phase out announcements by the government and DTEK, Ukraine is expected to phase out coal between 2035-2040. The country will need to accelerate renewable energy deployments in order to replace its coal power capacity. However, Russia’s invasion of Ukraine has now made all of this uncertain.

Last updated: March 2022

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