Special Focus

July 16, 2024

Ihor Dudarenko: “We were focused solely on shutting down the equipment and preventing further destruction”

Amid the relentless hum of turbines and the flashing control panels at Kyiv’s Combined Heat and Power Plant, shift supervisor Ihor Dudarenko stands as a beacon of resilience. His job at Kyivteploenergo is to ensure the station's energy systems run smoothly—a role that became even more critical in the first chaotic months of the full-scale Russian invasion. 

In those early days, Dudarenko and...

July 9, 2024

Kateryna Kutsenko: “I could not leave my team and my city.”

On 12 April 2022, Russian forces struck the Dnipro-Mykolaiv water supply network, thus leaving the city of Mykolaiv without water for the first time. The invaders deliberately destroyed the pipes providing water to the city as they advanced. Since then, the people of Mykolaiv have had no fresh tap water. The local utility company Mykolaivoblteploenergo is doing its best to resolve the problem, at...

June 28, 2024

Advancing Ukraine’s Energy Independence

With USAID’s support, the country is reducing its dependence on Russian energy 

Around 1 a.m. on Feb. 24, 2022, the Ukrainian and Moldovan electric systems disconnected from the Russia-Belarus system. This was a scheduled test in preparation for Ukraine’s and Moldova’s planned synchronization with the European power system the following year, a crucial step toward European Union (EU)...

June 17, 2024

Ruslan Vanyarh: “To restore the TPP’s operation, we worked overtime and without weekends”

Ruslan Vanyarh has been working at the Vuhlehirsk Thermal Power Plant (TPP) in the Donetsk region since 2014. Back then, the Russian army repeatedly shelled the station, damaging the equipment. The energy workers did everything possible and impossible to supply electricity to eastern Ukraine. In the summer of 2022, fierce battles took place over the station, and in August 2022, the city of...

June 7, 2024

Andrii Yur: “Half the city was without electricity. A few hours after the Russian attack, we managed to energize the plant”

Russia's missile attack on one of Kyiv's Combined Heat and Power Plants (CHP) in the fall of 2022 caused significant damage: a fire broke out and the plant lost its power. All relay protection and automation mechanisms that ensure the failure-free operation of heat and power equipment stopped working.  

Andrii Yur, deputy head of the electrical shop for relay protection and automation of...

March 13, 2024

Yuliia Orel: “The main thing that helped our energy sector to survive this winter is the commitment of energy workers.”

The war has adjusted the strategic development plans of Ukraine's largest utility company, which operates two combined heat and power plants in the capital, more than two hundred boiler houses and heat supply stations, and almost three thousand kilometers of heat networks in Kyiv.

Established with the support of the USAID Energy Security Project, the Kyivteploenergo Gender Committee (GC)...

March 13, 2024

Olha Babiy: “Ukraine’s implementation of the European Regulation on Energy Markets Integrity and Transparency will prevent abuses.”

Olga Babiy is a member of the National Energy and Utilities Regulatory Commission (NEURC), one of the seven NEURC's Commissioners. The only woman in the leadership of Ukraine's Energy Regulator, she oversees licensees' activities in energy and communal services and coordinates investigations of abuses in wholesale energy markets. For her active participation in implementing the EU Regulation on...

March 11, 2024

Liudmyla Kucherova: “Quick assessment of damage and proper support of repair work on destroyed objects allow us to restore the infrastructure promptly.”

The main task of the Mykolaiv Linear Production Department of Main Gas Pipelines (LPDMG) of the Gas Transmission System Operator of Ukraine (GTSOU) is to transport natural gas to the South of Ukraine. Despite constant shelling, this unit continues to work and provide natural gas to consumers in the south. That is why it is so important that the LPDMG facilities function continuously and, if...


March 7, 2024

Women-reformers in the Ukrainian energy industry: Svitlana Grynchuk

Deputy Minister of Energy of Ukraine Svitlana Grynchuk is one of the few women in the Ukrainian energy industry, thanks to whose efforts reforms in the sector are implemented despite the war. Ms. Grynchuk is an energy, climate change, and environmental protection expert with experience in the Government of Ukraine, international financial institutions, and technical assistance projects....