Māris Kuņickis, former CEO of DTEK Kyiv Grids, has been appointed CEO of DTEK Renewables. His key tasks in this position will be to ensure the operational and financial efficiency of the company, and the implementation of the business strategy.
Māris Kuņickis succeeds Philipp Leckebusch, who will assume new responsibilities within DTEK. In this new role, he will focus on the efficient, profitable and secure use of technologies across DTEK.
Philipp Leckebusch said: “For me it was the privilege of leading DTEK Renewables successfully during a phase of rapid development. Together with our highly skilled team, we have firmly positioned the company as a leader in the Ukrainian renewable energy market. I wish Māris Kuņickis all the best in the future management of the company. As one of my tasks in my new role, I will continue to support DTEK Renewables in the expansion of their business”.
Māris Kuņickis is a manager with many years of experience in the energy sector in European companies. Before joining DTEK, he was a member of the board and Chief Operating Officer of Latvenergo (Latvia), as well as a deputy member of the board of directors of the Union of the Electricity Industry Eurelectric, vice president and member of the board of the Latvian Association of Power Engineers and Energy Constructors. He joined the DTEK team in 2018 as Development Director of DTEK Grids. Later he headed DTEK Kyiv Grids.
“It is an honor for me to lead the DTEK Renewables team and continue the transformation of the Ukrainian energy sector in accordance with global trends in decarbonization and digitalization. My task is to strengthen the company's position as one of the leading players in the green energy market in Ukraine and to ensure its financial stability”, commented Māris Kuņickis CEO of DTEK Renewables.
DTEK Renewables is a legally and financially independent company solely focused on developing and operating of renewable assets within DTEK. Today the company is one of the key players and the leading national investor in the renewable energy sector in Ukraine. The company's portfolio includes three solar and three wind power plants with a total operating capacity of 1 GW. Investments in their construction amounted to 1.2 billion euros. The forecasted output of DTEK Renewables in 2020 is 2.5 billion kWh of green electricity. This is enough to cover electricity demand of 1.3 million households during a year. In 2020, it is expected that DTEK Renewables will avoid 2.6 million tons of CO2 emissions into the atmosphere due to the electricity generation from renewable sources.