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Energy Transition in Ukraine: What is the Optimal Path to Carbon-Neutral Power System?

Updated: Feb 12, 2020

Presentation and discussion

PLEXOS®-modelling of the Ukrainian integrated power system development from now until 2050


On February 26th, 2020, Wärtsilä in association with the expert center Finnish Energy Hub presents the results of the study “Energy Transition in Ukraine: What is the Optimal Path to Carbon-Neutral Power System?”

The analysis of the Ukrainian integrated power system long-term expansion planning was initiated by Wärtsilä in line with the company’s mission to support the global transition to sustainable carbon-free power systems. Completion of the work coincided with the announcement of the draft Concept of “green” energy transition of Ukraine till 2050 by The Ministry of Energy and Environmental Protection of Ukraine.

On February 26th, Finnish experts will present the results of the modelling of a cost-optimized path to a carbon-neutral power system in Ukraine. The modelling has been done with the PLEXOS® software, which is extensively used by planning professionals for optimization of power systems both on strategic and operations level. Wärtsilä, jointly with governments and transmission system operators, has completed modelling of more than 80 power systems worldwide.

Two years ago, Wärtsilä has already presented to the Ukrainian expert community and to the authorities the outcomes of the previous, short-term power system modelling. That study highlighted the challenges the grid would be meeting within a few years due to the rapid RES development. It also identified the amount of flexibility the power system would need to sustain the increase of intermittency. Unfortunately, the expected negative effects foreseen by the model have materialized over the past two years.

The new study focuses on optimization of the generating capacity mix in the long term and simulates strategic decisions until 2050.

During the presentation, the research team will also discuss with participants the current and urgent issues in the context of moving along the selected path.

Additionally, there will be an introduction to a new topic: the innovative Power-to-X technologies, which will use excess renewable energy to produce carbon-neutral fuels in the future, and thus enable the energy transition. This topic will be presented by the expert of LUT School of Energy Systems.

The event is intended to be interactive, the participants will be able to engage into the discussion and ask questions via a smartphone app.

Päivi Laine, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Finland to Ukraine, will open the event.

Date and time: February 26, 2020 at 16:00-19:00

Venue: InterContinental Kyiv Hotel, 2A Velyka Zhytomyrska Street, Kyiv

“Golden gate” (Zoloti vorota) conference room, floor В2 (“minus 2”)



16:00 Finnish expertise and technology support for energy transition in Ukraine. Keynote speech

Päivi Laine, Ambassador Extraordinary and Plenipotentiary of the Republic of Finland to Ukraine

16:15 Findings of the modelling of a carbon-neutral power system in Ukraine – design of the future power system Jussi Heikkinen, Director, Growth and Development Americas, Wärtsilä Energy Tony Meski, Power System Analyst, Wärtsilä Energy

17:15 P2X Synthetic fuels – Principles, Markets & Economies Petteri Laaksonen, Dr Sc. (Tech), Research Director, LUT School of Energy Systems

17:55 Transition starts today. Current challenges on the path of the Ukrainian power industry

Igor Petryk, Market Development Director, East Europe, Wärtsilä Energy

18:25 Discussion, Q&A


Please confirm your attendance to Julia Pryanykova,, mob. +38 098 30 999 53

Contact information: Igor Petryk,, mob. +358 44 3202264

Wärtsilä Energy leads the transition towards a 100% renewable energy future. We help our customers unlock the value of the energy transition by optimising their energy systems and future-proofing their assets. Our offering comprises flexible power plants, energy management systems, and storage, as well as lifecycle services that ensure increased efficiency and guaranteed performance. Wärtsilä has 72 GW of installed power plant capacity in 180 countries around the world.

LUT University (Lappeenranta-Lahti University of Technology LUT) is a pioneering science university in Finland, bringing together the fields of science and business since 1969. Clean energy and water, circular economy and sustainable business are the key questions of humankind to which LUT seeks solutions through technology and business.

The LUT School of Energy Systems' areas of expertise are energy engineering, electrical engineering, sustainability science and mechanical engineering. Our experts in energy seek ways to support the transition to a carbon-neutral world, in all sectors of society and industry. Others see carbon dioxide as a problem or waste, we see it as an opportunity to produce valuable materials, such as synthetic transport fuels.


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