Training Workshop on Developing Heat Supply Systems for Ukrainian localities
On February 18-19, 2021, the USAID Energy Security Project (ESP) conducted the training workshop “Development of Heat Supply Systems for Ukrainian Localities” for the Kropyvnytskyi heat supplying company KP Teploenergetyk, the Kropyvnytskyi City Council, and heat supply system development experts from different cities of Ukraine. The purpose of the workshop was to help in developing heat supply systems under a new method. Workshop participants learned about the method’s structure and conceptual...
Austrian regulator’s experience in ensuring energy market integrity and transparency
On February 18, 2021, the USAID Energy Security Project (ESP) and the National Energy and Utilities Regulatory Commission (NEURC), implemented the second part of the online seminar “Best European Practices for Ensuring the Integrity and Transparency of Energy Markets.” This time, the seminar focused on Austrian experience. Leo Lehr, representative of the Austrian regulator E-Control, stressed that the ultimate goal of this body is to “ensure open and fair competition in energy markets for end...
Workshop on Best European Practices to Ensure Integrity and Transparency of Energy Markets
At the workshop on the best European practices to ensure the integrity and transparency of energy markets, organized by the USAID Energy Security Project on February 11, 2021, the experts presented the experience of market surveillance and monitoring both on a practical example of the national regulatory authority in the United Kingdom and through a general overview of best practices across the EU and discussed the challenges, features, limitations, and lessons with regard to intended...
Energy Ombudsman for Ukraine and its functions
Introduction of the Energy Ombudsman is particularly important during the energy market liberalization that is underway in Ukraine. The USAID Energy Security Project described the two main models for an Energy Ombudsman. Ukraine has yet to identify which of the Energy Ombudsman models to adopt or to resolve several related issues.
USAID provides Kyiv with vehicles to improve heating system repairs
On January 27, the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) handed over to the city of Kyiv three emergency repair vehicles and one mobile diagnostic laboratory to improve the detection and repair of the city's heating networks. The vehicles, purchased with $735,000 in USAID funding, will improve Kyivteploenergo’s ability to quickly restore heat to dwellings after unexpected system breakdowns and improve the overall quality of services to residents.
Off to a Strong Start: The Ukrainian Wholesale Electricity Market’s First Year
Ukraine as a member of the Energy Community has committed to implementing the principles of the European Union (EU) Third Energy Package. This includes unbundling energy generation and supply, increasing electricity market transparency, strengthening consumer protection rules, developing more effective and independent national regulatory authorities, and improving cross-border collaboration and investment.
Training for Traders in Gas Market
On December 9-11, 2020, the USAID Energy Security Project (ESP) conducted a three-day online training for traders in the gas market. More than 250 participants attended the training, including both newcomers to the sector working as traders or gas supply managers and more experienced professionals already operating in the area of regulatory or antimonopoly authorities.
Analysis and Recommendations on Dispatching Orders in the Balancing Market
USAID ESP analyzed the situation on the Balancing market with the material difference between debits and credits of the uplift account UA-1 and developed a set of recommendations to mitigate the gap between costs of balancing energy and imbalance.
USAID ESP launches a new bachelor program in Renewable Energy Engineering
On November 10th, World Science Day for Peace and Development, the new Bachelor Program ‘Renewable Energy Engineering’ was presented at the Ivano-Frankivsk National Technical University of Oil and Gas. This new Program was launched with support from USAID ESP. In September 2020, the first six students of the twenty-two selected started the program that, in this initial stage, has been developed with input from the ESP experts in renewable energy systems.
Competitive, transparent and effectively monitored energy markets
The opening of a new liberalized Wholesale Electricity Market (WEM) on July 1st, 2019 was a turning point in the reform of Ukraine’s electricity sector. Competitive markets, which are transparent and effectively monitored offer house-hold consumers stable, quality electricity at lower costs. Competition is also essential to growing Ukraine’s independent energy sector and is a requirement as a signatory to the EU Energy Community.
Flexibility in the Ukrainian Energy System. What is the role of the renewable energy sector?
Results from an ESP assessment of flexibility in Ukraine’s electricity system were presented at a recent stakeholder roundtable. Presentations relating to renewable energy penetration into the system along with an analysis of ancillary services market performance and recommendations for improved system balancing and ENSO-E integration were provided by ESP sector experts.
Ukraine Begins Testing Nuclear Power Generator Systems
Testing is underway for several nuclear power plants’ generator excitation systems, which keep plants at the right voltage level. These systems are critical for safety and proper operation, and stable test results are a requirement for Ukraine’s power system to integrate with the European system.