Energy Transition in Ukraine: Renewable Energy in the Context of Institutional Change


  • Simon Schöning
  • Vasyl Zubaka


Ukraine,, Energy Transition, Renewable Energy Sources, Reform, Institutional Change, Post-Soviet Transition


A number of sectoral reforms have lately been introduced to the Ukrainian energy market. Energy subsidies have been cut and domestic gas consumption has been reduced significantly. Reforms in recent years also affect the production of energy from renewable sources. Policy alignments with the European Union and attempts to liberalise the energy sector create a unique window of opportunity for the country. By investigating the political and regulatory framework, and by drawing from the experience of the German energy transition, the article provides a brief analysis on how market liberalisation and renewable sources can play a significant role in promoting democracy in the Ukrainian energy sector.

Author Biographies

Simon Schöning

M.A., is a Sustainable Development Expert at the Regional Division for Europe and Central Asia, United Nations Industrial Development Organization (UNIDO), in Vienna, Austria.


Vasyl Zubaka

M.A., is a Programme Assistant at the Directorate-General for Neighbourhood and Enlargement Negotiations, European Commission, in Brussels, Belgium.