USAID Administrator Power visited the energy facility to reaffirm commitment to Ukraine’s energy sector

July 18, 2023

Photo by the USAID Energy Security Project (ESP)

On July 17, 2023, the USAID Administrator Samantha Power visited the Kyivteploenergo’s (KTE) Combined Heat and Power Plant-5 (CHP-5) to learn how US-funded assistance helped Ukraine survive the winter and reaffirm the U.S. Government’s strong commitment to keep Ukraine’s energy infrastructure functional despite Russia’s attacks.

Administrator Power spoke with key stakeholders during the visit about USAID’s support for restoring Ukraine’s energy infrastructure following Russia’s targeted attacks and developing a modern, sustainable, transparent energy system integrated with European markets.

Deputy Minister of Energy of Ukraine Yaroslav Demchenkov, Deputy Minister for Communities, Territories and Infrastructure Development of Ukraine Oleksandr Butenko, Chairman of the National Power Company Ukrenergo Volodymyr Kudrytskyi, Mayor of Kyiv Vitali Klitschko, and KTE Director Vyacheslav Bind also discussed preparations for the upcoming winter, including USAID-funded equipment procurement and delivery for rapid repairs of Ukraine’s energy infrastructure after Russia’s strikes, and investing in an energy sector of the future.

USAID has mobilized $475 million in emergency funding since February 2022 to help Ukraine repair and maintain its heating and power systems, directly benefiting millions of Ukrainians, through critical transmission equipment to remediate local outages, salt to keep heating pipes from freezing, repair vehicles to respond to Russian attacks, and personal protective equipment for the brave Ukrainian utility workers restoring damaged sites.