December 12, 2023

Key Pillars of Comprehensive Energy Trading

Blog by Dmytro Ingul and Anton Shevchenko, Experts of the USAID Energy Security Project (ESP)

Ukraine began reforming the energy markets back in 2017.  Opened gas and electricity markets and the establishment of commodities exchanges allowed the markets to withstand the full-scale invasion. However, a path toward the establishment of a full-fledged energy market depends on many factors, including market participants’ and stakeholders’ interest and their resolve to take the required actions.

November 8, 2023

Individual heating stations: benefits of installation and the role of IHSs in reforming the district heating system

An individual heating station (IHS) is comprised of equipment and automatic devices that is connected to a district heating network and a customer’s facility. An IHS helps to manage the heat consumption of a single building by adjusting the parameters of heat supply transfer in line with weather changes. If necessary and needed, the station can also distribute heat energy by type of consumption (for heating and hot water supply).

August 29, 2023

Alex Golas: USAID ESP enhances the transparency of energy markets in Ukraine

The USAID Energy Security Project (ESP) welcomes adopting the Law on Prevention of Abuse in Wholesale Energy Markets (No. 3141).

Adopted by Rada on June 10, 2023, the law will provide a legal basis for the improvement of market transparency and enable the National Energy & Utilities Regulatory Commission (NEURC) to put in place an effective market monitoring, impartial and prompt investigation of law infringements, and enforcement of regulatory decisions against market abusers. The President of Ukraine signed the law on June 30, and it came into force on July 2.

August 11, 2023

The future of the Ukrainian energy sector belongs to young people. Why?

Blog by Yulia Galustian, the USAID Energy Security Project Gender Expert

On August 12, Ukraine and the rest of the world celebrate International Youth Day to emphasize the potential of young people as equal partners in today's global society. This year's Youth Day is held under the slogan "Green Skills for Youth: Towards a Sustainable World." Green skills include the knowledge, abilities, values, and attitudes that are essential for modern life, development, and maintenance of a sustainable and resource-efficient society.

June 21, 2023

Russia’s invasion of Ukraine: the end – or new beginning for gas supplies to the EU?

Blog by Justin Goonesinghe, USAID Energy Security Project (ESP) Gas Sector Lead

Ukraine has traditionally been a major corridor for Russian gas supplies to the European Union (EU), with a large gas supply infrastructure built over several decades to facilitate transit through Ukraine to markets in the EU. The EU’s gas pipeline system’s design reflects the assumption that the transit of...

May 25, 2023

Small and medium cogeneration in district heating systems in Ukraine: potential and benefits

U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID), through its Energy Security Project (ESP), provides technical support to the Government of Ukraine to increase the resilience of Ukraine's energy system, continue to supply energy to the critical infrastructure and distribute heat, hot water, and sanitation services to Ukrainians despite the ongoing hostilities. While doing this, the ESP support also helps increase energy efficiency and decarbonize district heating systems.

February 14, 2022

Ukraine’s valuable asset – district heating system should be preserved, transformed, and developed

Improving district heating (DH) is one of the main focus areas of the U.S. Agency for International Development’s Energy Security Project (USAID ESP), alongside the electricity and gas sectors. However, as the number of households receiving DH has almost halved since independence, is it really necessary to develop this system when there are ample opportunities for individual or autonomous heating? What are the benefits of DH? Diana Korsakaite, USAID ESP District Heating Sector Lead, answers these and other questions in our interview.

January 27, 2022

Electricity guarantees of origin: who can use and benefit from them

Guarantees of Origin (GOs) are an instrument of proof of source of electricity being sold in retail market. Just GOs enable final consumers both to choose any type of electricity generation and confidence that electricity they receive is from renewable sources. Companies buy GOs as the latter ones are an effective instrument for decarbonization of the economy, the basis for calculating carbon footprints and reporting on sustainability. The Greenhouse Gas Protocol, the most widely used emissions reporting tool in international accounting, allows GOs to be used for carbon reporting; this is the primary source of business demand for GOs. USAID ESP Electricity Market Expert Danylo Babkov explains how an instrument of GOs works, how companies can use them, and what has to be done for GOs mechanism implementation in Ukraine.

November 1, 2021

Ashley Hunziker: How does cooperation with civil society help solve urgent problems facing Ukraine’s energy sector?

How does cooperation with civil society help solve urgent problems facing Ukraine's energy sector?

Interview with Ashley Hunziker, Procurement and Grants Director, about the grant program, its goals and what the funds can be used for.

The Grant Program is part of the USAID Energy Security Project (ESP). How would you describe its objectives?

ESP grant funds are intended to achieve the...