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The USAID Municipal Energy Reform Project (USAID Project) has completed the competition to select cities and territorial communities in Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts controlled by the Government of Ukraine, for the purpose of improving the efficiency of municipal energy resources usage. Here are the winners. Based on the highest scores received, the following cities have become new partner cities of the USAID Project: Bakhmut, Dobropillia, Mariupol, Severodonetsk and Sloviansk. The USAID Project has also selected among the participants the following associated partner cities: Myrnohrad, Pokrovsk and Rubizhne. Read more>>

You Received a Subsidy – Save Energy Resources!

“If I consume less services than the norm, I will lose my subsidy!” This myth is the one that subsidy recipients fear most. But remember: it’s just a myth. On the other hand, it is necessary to save water/heat/electricity/gas even if you receive a subsidy! You will be able to reduce your mandatory share of payment for communal bills. And the state can become less energy dependent. The experts from the USAID Municipal Energy Reform Project in Ukraine together with the Ministry of Social Policy and SAEE, decided to attract your attention to this subject, and created a video “You received a subsidy – Save energy resources!” Please watch the video and remember: using too much energy is harmful for your wallet!

Journalist Trainings Continue

The USAID Municipal Energy Reform Project (USAID Project) continues a series of its trainings “Media on Energy Efficiency: Competently, Objectively, Motivatingly”. This time, the Project experts met on November 8 and 9 in Lviv with the journalists from Volyn, Lviv, Rivne, Ternopil and Khmelnytskyi oblasts. For two days, they were studying together the fundamentals of energy efficiency, principles of energy saving, types of alternative energy sources, and potential of their use in Ukraine, issues of condominium establishment and successful management of the condominiums, etc. Read more>>

Start of Journalist Trainings

The team of the USAID Municipal Energy Reform Project (USAID Project) started a series of two-day trainings “Media on Energy Efficiency: Competently, Objectively, Motivatingly” on November 1. The first training participants were 36 journalists from Vinnytsia, Kyiv, Sumy and Chernihiv oblasts. Hennadii Zubko, Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine, Minister of Regional Development, Construction and Housing and Communal Services, welcomed the seminar participants and told them about energy efficiency and energy saving on the national level. Read more>>

Competition in District Heat Supply

On October 26, Diana Korsakaite, Chief of Party of the USAID Municipal Energy Reform Project in Ukraine, took part in the meeting of the Task Force on the creation of a competitive heat market chaired by Serhii Savchuk, Chairman of the State Agency for Energy Efficiency and Energy Saving. The Concept for the Introduction of Competition in District Heating of Ukraine was presented and approved at this event. The document was developed by SAEE jointly with the USAID Project. The main feature of the Concept is the introduction of financial unbundling for all district heating utilities. This means that these companies will be obliged to maintain accounting records and establish separate tariffs for all types of licensed activities (production, transportation and supply of heat energy). Following the discussion, the Task Force members decided to take the presented Concept as the basis for the development of the relevant legislative acts. Read more>>

Seminar on Environmental and Energy Awareness

Vira Illiash, Director of Communications and Government Relations of the USAID Municipal Energy Reform Project, spoke on 21 October at the National seminar on environmental and energy awareness and outreach strategy. The seminar was attended by representatives of public organizations and city councils of Ivano-Frankivsk, Poltava, and Cherkasy oblasts. Vira Illiash indicated in her presentation that mass media are currently playing a very important role in the process of forming the attitude of Ukrainians to the issues of energy efficiency, energy conservation, and the use of alternative energy sources. She focused the attention of the audience on the fact that most media fill their articles and stories with “hot” facts. Instead, the journalists should create news, analytical and motivating materials providing the Ukrainians with tips on improving the comfort of their lives and on reducing their utility bills.

Low Emission Development Strategy of Ukraine

On 26 October 2016, the USAID Municipal Energy Reform Project in Ukraine (USAID Project) and the Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources conducted the II Conference “Low Emission Development of Ukraine”.  Over 120 representatives of State executive government bodies, city councils, private businesses, international donor organizations, professional associations and academicians discussed the key aspects of the future Low Emission Development Strategy of Ukraine. The strategy’s development is a mandatory requirement of the Paris Agreement, which Ukraine has been a Party to since 19 September 2016. The conference participants reviewed and approved the catalogue of low emission development policies and measures that were developed by the technical task forces on energy supply, energy consumption in the HCS sector, transport, agriculture, forestry and waste management. Approaches to the grouping of policies and functional measures were also discussed. At the end of the event, the participants approved further steps for developing the Low Emission Development Strategy of Ukraine, including the process of its approval by the stakeholders, involvement of the public, and the holding of technical task force meetings in December 2016.

USAID Project Started Cooperation with Odesa Oblast

On 26-27 September, the USAID Municipal Energy Reform Project  (USAID Project) and eight cities in Odesa Oblast signed Memorandums of Understanding on improving energy efficiency and the promotion of clean energy sources. By doing so, Odesa, Balta, Bilhorod-Dnistrovskyi, Bolhrad, Izmail, Reni, Chornomorsk and Yuzhne became new USAID Project partner cities. The Project will assist the municipaly governments of these cities in planning, managing and financing their activities in clean energy and energy efficiency projects. 
Photo: Odesa investment Agency.

Save Energy! Do not Burn Your Money!

Are you ready to take and burn a UAH 500 bill? No? Why? This is how much you burn almost every day because of your careless attitude to energy consumption. The USAID Municipal Energy Reform Project in Ukraine and the State Agency for Energy Efficiency and Energy Saving conducted a social experiment in order to attract Ukrainians' attention to the problem of wasting energy resources. Check it out! You will also learn tips on how to spend your money wisely. "Save energy! Do not bur your money!". You can watch the video at the USAID Municipal Energy Reform Project in Ukraine Youtube page - https://youtu.be/U_qza4ZEpBM

Updated subsidy calculator

The USAID Municipal Energy Reform Project has updated the Subsidy Calculator, and it now incorporates all the latest changes in the accrual of subsidies. This includes: changed tariffs for natural gas and electricity, review of the regional and adjustment ratios for district and individual heating, cancelled privileges, increased subsistence level, etc.Please enter data on family composition and income, floor space and tariffs for communal services in the relevant fields, and in a matter of moments you will receive information on the amount of the subsidy that may be allotted to you. You can use the calculator here.

USAID Project Assists Kryvyi Rih in Attracting Investments

The USAID Municipal Energy Reform Project (USAID Project) developed a business plan for the thermal modernization of t kindergartens # 15 and # 231 in Kryvyi Rih. The document will enable the municipality to attract almost UAH 10.4mln of investments for implementing energy efficiency measures. This includes UAH 5.6mln from  the Nordic Environment Finance Corporation (NEFCO) and a UAH 3.7mln grant from the Eastern Europe Energy Efficiency and Environment Partnership Fund (E5P). Read more<<

Thermal Modernization of Public Buildings in Chernihiv with USAID Project Support

TheUSAID Project developed the feasibility study for implementing energy efficiency measures in 73 public buildings in Chernihiv. They include 38 kindergartens and 32 secondary schools, one medical building and buildings of two culture institutions. Read more<<

Inplementation of Energy Efficiency Measures in Khmelnytskyi Public Buildings Supported by USAID Project

31 objects in the city (which includes 66 buildings) were included in the Program of Energy Efficiency Measures in Public Buildings of Khmelnytskyi developed by the USAID Municipal Energy Reform Project (USAID Project). They were selected as a result of an analysis of 100 public buildings (schools, gymnasiums, kindergartens, hospitals, etc.).

Energy audits were conducted in April-May 2016 for 31 buildings. The audits included determining the current condition of the building envelopes, internal networks, and electric equipment; conducting an energy calculation and compiling energy balances; suggesting energy efficiency measures and calculating the efficiency of their implementation, etc. Read more<<

Sumy Approved Sustainable Energy Action Plan

On 28 September, the deputies of the Sumy City Council supported the Sustainable Action Plan (SEAP) through 2025. The document was developed with support of the USAID Municipal Energy Reform Project (USAID Project).

If all the projects planned in the SEAP are implemented, the annual reduction of СОemissions would be 134,600 t (26.2% of emissions in the baselineyear of 2013), andfuel and energy resources of over 371,600 MWh/year (21.3%) would be saved. Over the whole period of SEAP implementation, expenses for the fuel and energy resources would fall byat least UAH 1.7 billion (at current tariffs). Should the tariffs increase, this amount will be higher. The plan also calls to replace 10.8 million mof natural gas (5.8%) with renewable energy sources. Read more<<

USAID Project Promotes Thermal Modernisation of Ternopil Schools

The USAID Municipal Energy Reform Project (USAID Project) developed the pre-feasibility study for the project on the comprehensive thermal modernization of school buildings in Ternopil. The project includes 83 buildings (kindergartens, secondary schools, educational centers, etc.). Currently, most of them are connected to the district heating system and use individual heat substations (IHS) with weather-based and time controls. Almost all buildings have an insufficient level of heat protection of the building envelope, have no district hot water supply, and their hydraulic and heat systems are unbalanced. They use outdated single-pipe heating systems, incandescent lamps or lighting fixtures with fluorescent lamps. The general feature of many public buildings selected is non-compliance with the parameters of heat mode, air exchange and illumination intensity in the premises, etc. Though many of these buildings have implemented an energy monitoring system (in manual mode) and energy certification system. Read more<<

Ivano-Frankivsk Will Renovate Trolleybus Stock Wich the Attraction of Foreign Investmens

The USAID Project developed the pre-feasibility study for the project “Renovation of Trolleybus Stock in Ivano-Frankivsk”. Its development was caused by the need to further develop the public electric transport sector, namely the urgent renovation of the rolling stock. This document will allow the city to submit applications for grant and credit funds from international financial institutions. The required amount of investments according to the pre-feasibility study is € 8 million.

The project on renovating the Ivano-Frankivsk municipal electric transport system includes procuring 30 new energy efficient trolleybuses with low floors, andprocuring equipment for repair and maintenance of electric transport. Plans also include laying a new contact network, constructing atracking substation and launching a trolleybus route: “Railway Station – Yevropeiska Square – Bus Station-3. Read more<<

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Quick facts about Alternative Energy 

Biomass is organic, meaning it is made of material that comes from living organisms. The most common biomass materials used for energy are plants, wood, and waste.

Biomass

 

Wind is a clean source of renewable energy that produces no air or water pollution. And since the wind is free, operational costs are nearly zero once a turbine is erected.

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Every hour the sun beams onto Earth more than enough energy to satisfy global energy needs for an entire year.

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