YALTA, Crimea - Eager to reduce its imports of pricey Russian natural gas, Ukraine is turning to renewables. But in order for Kiev to win the bet for energy independence, the former Soviet republic has to boost energy efficiency.

Ukraine should invest in renewables but, at the same time, their infrastructure system seems to be collapsing.

In Ukraine there is a big debate: What does it choose - efficiency or renewables. “I always say we don’t need to choose,” European...

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