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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.

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Andriy Gerus

May 26, 2021

Implementing REMIT is necessary for the integrity and transparency of Ukraine’s energy markets

On May 26, together with European experts and with the participation of the USAID Energy Security Project, members of the Verkhovna Rada Committee on Energy, Housing and Communal Services held a roundtable to discuss the principles of legislative integrity and energy market transparency. During the discussion, participants focused on the principles and approaches set out in European Union (EU) Regulation No. 1227/2011 on wholesale energy market integrity and transparency (REMIT) and other parts of the EU acquis. Experts from the EU and the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) also analyzed bills aimed at implementing REMIT in Ukraine to ensure market-compatible monitoring and supervision, which is an important step in the development of Ukrainian energy markets.

May 21, 2021

USAID Energy Security Project will help Ukrainian cities optimize their district heating schemes

The USAID Energy Security Project (USAID ESP) will help ten Ukrainian cities develop new district heating (DH) schemes and investment plans to modernize their heating networks. This will be achieved under the program helping municipal stakeholders implement reforms aimed at technical optimization, higher economic efficiency, and the environmental safety of heat supply systems. This program is being implemented by ESP jointly with the Ministry of Territories and Communities Development of Ukraine (MinRegion). The program includes a pilot phase that will involve ten cities and their communal DH companies and then disseminate experience gained across other cities in Ukraine.

April 30, 2021

Winners of the competitive selection of partner cities to support reforms aimed at optimizing and developing heat supply infrastructure

The project will sign a partner technical assistance agreement with (і) the city council for the full package of support or (іі) the city council and the local teplokomunenergo; this will be decided at the local level.

April 28, 2021

District Heating Schemes are key to improving Energy Efficiency

Developing district heating schemes creates a roadmap for how best to combine different types of heat in residential settlements and allows to make informed decisions on energy efficiency improvements, ensure energy independence, and reduce contributions to climate change.

Roundtable participants discussed this and district heating schemes’ other benefits as part of “Heat Supply Scheme Development Under the New Methodology: An Important Step Toward the Energy Efficient Transformation of Ukrainian Settlements.” The roundtable was organized by the USAID Energy Security Project (ESP) on April 28 with the support of USAID and the Ministry of Communities and Territories Development (MinRegion).

April 20, 2021

About Energy Poverty and Protection of Vulnerable Consumers in our Interview with the ESP Expert Svitlana Holikova

Electricity and gas prices are important topics for all customers, irrespective of their citizenship or country of residence. But they are especially important in Ukraine due to the phased “release” of regulated energy prices. With the prospect of fully market-based pricing, these costs keep growing. We asked Svitlana Golikova, Energy Policy and Regulation Expert at the USAID Energy Security...

April 14, 2021

The role of operators in ensuring energy market integrity and transparency – USAID ESP focus

The USAID Energy Security Project (ESP) and the National Energy and Utilities Regulatory Commission (NEURC) hosted a workshop on April 8 focused on the role of system operators in ensuring the integrity and transparency of the electricity and gas markets. During the seminar, experts and participants discussed the impact of effective energy market monitoring on improving transparency and integrity...

April 5, 2021

Increased Integration of Ukrainian and Polish Transmission Systems and Gas Markets

The USAID Energy Security Project has conducted an overall study, determining areas which can be further improved to enhance the integration between Poland and Ukraine with respect to regional security of natural gas supply and increasing cross-border trade. The detailed results of the study are presented in the report “Increased integration of Ukrainian and Polish Transmission Systems and Gas...

March 23, 2021

USAID ESP recommends ways to use battery storage systems

A discussion on promising approaches to energy storage organized by the USAID Energy Security Project on March 22, 2021 brought together nearly two hundred participants. During the event, USAID ESP experts presented recommended ways to use energy storage systems and discussed current policies, global trends, generally accepted approaches and current EU legislation on energy storage systems development in the electricity sector with key Ukrainian stakeholders and decision-makers.

March 15, 2021

Training for District Heating Companies and Local Governments to Work in the Open Gas Market

In partnership with the Ministry of Communities and Territories Development of Ukraine (MinRegion), the USAID Energy Security Project (ESP) led an online seminar on “Conditions for District Heating Companies’ Operations after the PSO for Gas Market Entities is Lifted” on March 11 and 12, 2021. The two-day seminar was attended by 550 representatives of district heating companies (DHCs) and local governments, which are responsible for supplying heat to communities.