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USAID handed over to Luhansk Energy Association the dedicated equipment for over UAH 7.7 million

The United States Agency for International Development (USAID) has handed over to Luhansk Energy Association LLC the dedicated equipment for over UAH 7.7 million through the Energy Security Project. USAID is creating the necessary conditions to ensure uninterrupted energy supply for over 340,000 household and 8,000 commercial customers in the Ukraine’s government-controlled territory of Luhansk Oblast, and thus contributing to strengthening of Ukraine’s energy security.

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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...

October 28, 2021

USAID ESP and the Ministry of Communities and Territories Development of Ukraine presented the Manual on Development of Heat Supply Schemes of Residential Settlements

USAID ESP and the Ministry of Communities and Territories Development of Ukraine presented the Manual on Development of Heat Supply Schemes of Residential Settlements

USAID Energy Security Project (ESP) and the Ministry of Communities and Territories Development of Ukraine presented the Manual on Development of Heat Supply Schemes of Residential Settlements to two hundred representatives of DH...

October 28, 2021

Energy Security Project and UN Sustainable Development Goals

In September 2015, the leaders of 193 UN member-states agreed to the Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) that became effective in January 2016. They will lay the basis for the policy of the United Nations Development Program (UNDP) during the next 15 years.

Ukraine adapted the global goals and in September 2017, presented a national report “Sustainable Development Goals: Ukraine”. On...

October 19, 2021

Integration of Ukrainian and EU Electricity Markets: What Are the Benefits for Ukraine?

The integrated power system of Ukraine (IPSU) currently works synchronously with Russia, Belarus, and Moldova. Today, only a small part of the Ukrainian power system – Burshtyn Energy Island (BEI) – is physically connected to European Union countries. BEI operates separately from the IPSU, so in the process of Ukraine’s overall synchronization with the European system, BEI will be connected to the IPSU. Connecting to the European network is key to reforming Ukraine's energy sector and will help balance the power system and reduce dependence on Russia. As a result of power system synchronization, Ukrainian electricity generators will gain access to new solvent markets, and Ukrainian traders and electricity suppliers will be able to diversify their resource portfolio, thereby increasing market competition and ensuring balanced operation of different segments of the Ukrainian electricity market. So, what will synchronization with the European system mean for Ukrainian consumers? Synchronization with the European energy market will give Ukrainian end consumers access to new suppliers at competitive prices, and thus provide reliable and high-quality electricity.

October 11, 2021

We Encourage Youth to Build Careers in Energy and Power Engineering

A poll of Ukrainian students by the NGO Center for Corporate Social Responsibility (NGO CSR Ukraine) found that just one percent are interested in a career in energy. Among other barriers, gender stereotypes deter girls from pursuing energy jobs: many people still feel that energy is a male business and not a career option for women. When girls and women hear these stereotypes and opt out of energy professions, it reinforces the gender imbalance in the sector, creating a cycle of exclusion.

October 5, 2021

Market Concentration in the Burshtyn Electricity Trading Zone: Analysis and Recommendations of the ESP’s Experts.

On September 29, 2021, during a roundtable on “Market Concentration in the Burshtyn Electricity Trading Zone,” experts from the USAID Energy Security Project (ESP) and the Energy Community Secretariat presented an analysis and recommendations on market concentration in the wholesale electricity market and how to facilitate its liquidity. The analysis and recommendations were prepared at the request of the National Energy and Utilities Regulatory Commission (NEURC). After the presentation, a lively discussion took place on developing mechanisms and approaches to address concentration in the wholesale electricity market and facilitate improved liquidity, as well as possible ways to ensure competition and promote market development.

October 1, 2021

Roundtable tackles questions of electricity trade and supply in the new market

On September 23, the USAID Energy Security Project (ESP), the National Energy and Utilities Regulatory Commission (NEURC), transmission system operator Ukrenergo, and the Energy Community Secretariat held a roundtable on electricity trading and supply under the new market model.

Attendees discussed the experiences of traders and suppliers as well as the needs and issues of market participants operating in the newly liberalized retail and wholesale electricity markets, then examined the prospects for these markets. Over 150 suppliers, traders, and NGO representatives in the field joined the discussion.

September 28, 2021

We educate regional journalists to understand renewable energy and write about it in plain language, easy to understand by average Ukrainians

The field of renewable energy is growing and changing so rapidly that most people do not have up-to-date information—not only the public, but also journalists. This problem is particularly acute for regional media reporters. To fill this gap, the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) launched the initiative “Renewable Energy Education for Regional Journalists” through its Energy Security Project (ESP). ESP partnered with local non-governmental organization (NGO) Vinnytsia Press-Club to implement the initiative.

September 14, 2021

Ukraine and the World Bank Sign Agreements to Implement an Innovative Hybrid Energy Storage Technology at Ukrhydroenergo to Advance Ukraine’s Integration to European Electricity Networks

On August 13, at the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine, in the presence of Mr. Denys Shmyhal, Prime Minister of Ukraine, and Ms. Anna Bjerde, the World Bank Vice President for Europe and Central Asia, a package of agreements with the International Bank for Reconstruction and Development (IBRD) and the Clean Technology Fund (CTF) was signed to support the implementation of the investment project “Ukraine – Increasing Power System Resilience for European Power Grid Integration Project (Installation of Hybrid Systems for Electricity Production in PrJSC UkrHydroEnergo)”.