Klyuyev’s solar energy companies shine brightly

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May 20, 2011, 1:38 a.m. | Ukraine — by Yuriy Onyshkiv

Party of Regions lawmaker Serhiy Klyuyev (L) and his brother, Deputy Prime Minister Andriy Klyuyev, are capitalizing on government incentives to go big into solar energy, but can non-insiders get the same deals?

Yuriy Onyshkiv

Ukraine’s renewable energy market looks more promising, especially with the adoption of green-tariff price incentives for electricity from renewable energy sources.
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Anonymous May 20, 2011, 9:34 a.m.    

This may very well be a market distortion and it is a good point, on a separate note the complete sector of finance/banking causes enormous market distortion (and empowerment of some parties) possible due to its absurd laws of practice (which combine private business without proper means of consumer selection).

However not all governmental regulation (on different geographical levels) is bad, the consumer selection process can be too ineffective and regulation is needed, a free market is not the same as an anarchical market where businesses can do whatever they please. Though I doubt preferential treatment is a good means for this purpose.

So governmental regulation is not always a distortion of the market, it may more effectively apply the interests of the people. Though I think it is correct that it is a distortion in this case, and it is not good that businesses are supported on the basis of governmental connections rather than their honest work.

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Anonymous May 20, 2011, 9:38 a.m.    

To clarify, the free maket's purpose is that businesses deemed good by and for the people should be supported. Governmental regulation (again, on different levels) does not necessarely distort this purpose but may serve it.

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Anonymous May 20, 2011, 10:52 a.m.    

You cannot substitute nuclear power with solar power. Ukraine have a lot of heavy industry facilities that cannot be powered by such unstable and environment dependant power source.

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Anonymous May 20, 2011, 5:57 p.m.    

It’s clear that is unlikely now to provide large enterprises with solar power. But you're wrong concerning conditions for development. The sun shines much better in Crimea than in Germany, which is a leader in this branch.

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Anonymous May 20, 2011, 5:58 p.m.    

Personally I do not consider wrong that the state encourages the development. That is a European-wide practice which is seems to me effective. In terms of alternative sources we are currently ahead of Russia. The potential is huge and must be used fully.

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Anonymous May 21, 2011, 12:22 a.m.    

it becomes clear to everyone that if you are not close to the government, then you will not be able to develop these types of energy.”

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