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Chernihiv Transport Infrastructure Development

With the necessary expert support provided by the USAID Municipal Energy Reform Project in Ukraine (USAID Project) to Chernihiv, the city will be able to attract from the European Investment Bank about EUR 6 million for procurement of 40 new energy-efficient trolleybuses for implementation of the project "Improving Electric Public Transport Efficiency in Chernihiv." In order to obtain these funds, the city sought assistance from USAID Project experts who, in accordance with the Bank's requirements, prepared a detailed analysis of the city's transport sector (economic, financial, energy and environmental analysis), as well as developed a feasibility study for the project. Implementation of this project will allow Chernihiv to reduce the share of worn out rolling stock from 82% to 68%, as well as to reduce greenhouse gas emissions. Find out more here.

National Congress on HCS of Ukraine

The USAID Municipal Energy Reform Project in Ukraine (USAID Project) has supported holding of ХІІІ International Congress "Institutional and Technical Aspects in Reform of Housing and Communal Services (HCS) Sector’ 2017" in Kyiv. About 200 persons participated in the event. Among them: officials of the Government of Ukraine, speakers of the Ministries and agencies, experts of the international organizations, financial institutions and donors, representatives of the municipalities, communal utilities, manufacturers of the energy efficient equipment, professional associations and NGOs. Read more>>

 

 

Joint Project with Internet Media “Obozrevatel”

The teams of the USAID Municipal Energy Reform Project in Ukraine and Internet media “Obozrevatel” launched a joint information project – series of publications on the most pressing issues of energy saving, energy efficiency and building management. From now on, we will be telling the Ukrainians in our weekly materials about the ways to reduce energy consumption and to reduce communal bills, about functioning and effective management of the homeowners associations, and about useful tips on thermal modernization and introduction of energy saving technologies in the residential buildings. Read more>>

Sustainable Energy Day in Khmelnytskyi

The team of the USAID Municipal Energy Reform Project in Ukraine (USAID Project) provided support in holding of a Sustainable Energy Day in Khmelnytskyi on 20 October. Traditionally, we put up the information kiosks in the main pedestrian street of the city, and the city residents were able to learn more about energy efficiency and clean energy here. Small kids were making paper windmills together with the volunteers, and older kids took part in work of the clean energy scientific laboratories. And while kids were engaged in hand making, their parents were receiving free consultations from the USAID Project experts, as well as obtained information brochures on the issues of energy saving, heat insulation of residences, establishment of the condominiums, alternative energy sources, etc. In the near future, Sustainable Energy Days will also take place in Sloviansk and Kryvyi Rih. 

USAID Project Partner Cities Have Won Competition

The Ministry of Regional Development, Construction and Housing and Communal Services of Ukraine (Minregion) has approved a final version of the Preliminary List of Projects of Ukraine’s Municipal Infrastructure Development Program on September 28. The winners are 22 projects for the total amount of USD 559.02 million. Five of them were prepared with support of the USAID Municipal Energy Reform Project (USAID Project). Our partner cities Zaporizhzhia, Sumy, Ternopil, Khmelnytskyi and Chernihiv won the right to implement the projects on thermal modernization of 242 public buildings, with total amount of financing over USD 78 million. Implementation of these projects in full will allow the municipalities to save annually almost 10 mln. m³ of natural gas and to reduce emission amount by over 31,000 t CO a year. 

 

 

 

Third Conference “Low Emission Development of Ukraine”

Third Conference “Low Emission Development of Ukraine” was held on 26 September 2017. It was co-organized by the USAID Municipal Energy Reform Project in Ukraine and the Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources of Ukraine. Ostap Semerak, Minister of Ecology and Natural Resources, Ostap Yednak, People’s Deputy of Ukraine and Secretary of the Verkhovna Rada Committee on Environmental Policy, Nature Management and Liquidation of Chernobyl Disaster Aftermath, and Farhad Ghaussy, Director of USAID Office of Economic Growth, addressed over 110 conference participants with the welcoming remarks. Read more>>

Trainings for journalists in Odesa and Zaporizhzhia

Two more trainings for the journalists “Key Information on Energy Efficiency in Media” were conducted by the team of the USAID Municipal Energy Reform Project in Ukraine (USAID Project). This time, the training in Odesa on September 7-8 was attended by over twenty media representatives from Kherson, Odesa, and Vinnytsia oblasts, and the next week – by thirty more journalists from Zaporizhzhia city and oblast. These two-day trainings had very busy agenda – interactive presentations by the experts, press tours, master class and game “We Are Energy Efficient” developed by the team of the USAID Project experts. Before the beginning of the training, every journalist received a card with description of his/her character and became, together with the colleagues, a co-owner of one of three buildings with the problems typical for Ukraine. Read more>>

New Tariff Procedures Approved

The National Energy and Utilities Regulatory Commission (NEURC) approved at its open meeting on September 14 the package of resolutions on formation of incentive based tariffs in the district water supply and sewage sectors. All the documents were developed with active participation of the USAID Municipal Energy Reform Project in Ukraine (USAID Project). “Adoption of these procedures will allow the service providers not only to receive in a transparent and timely manner investments for modernization or development of their infrastructure (replacement of outdated equipment, use of the modern energy efficient technologies, etc.). This will also allow the Ukrainians to receive better quality communal services,” – said Diana Korsakaite, Chief of Party of the USAID Project, in her speech at the meeting.  This summer, the NEURC has already approved the regulatory framework for incentive tariffs in the heating sector that was developed together with the USAID Project experts. Read more>> 

Mistechko USAID in Odesa

Lutsk and Odessa. What these two cities may have in common? The answer is quite simple - these are our partner cities, where the USAID Project "Municipal Energy Reform in Ukraine" (USAID Project) held its "USAID Campus" information fair campaign during the City Day celebrations this year. Two days, dozens of hours dedicated to consultations and master classes, hundreds of visitors, thousands of distributed informational materials and millions of emotions. First, on August 25, the residents and visitors of the city of Lutsk came together with their families to meet us at the USAID Project information kiosk. There is little wonder why we had such a good turnout Read more>>

Development of Municipal Infrastructure

The Ministry of Regional Development, Construction and Housing and Communal Services of Ukraine (Minregion) has publicized on July 25 the Preliminary List of Projects of Ukraine Municipal Infrastructure Development Program which passed the screening phase and were recommended for further consideration. Among them – five projects prepared by the USAID Municipal Energy Reform Project in Ukraine (USAID Project). Our partner cities (Chernihiv, Khmelnytskyi, Sumy, Ternopil, and Zaporizhzhia) presented for Minregion’s consideration the projects on thermal modernization of public buildings, total amount of financing is over Euro 67 million. In the following selection phases, the projects must undergo assessment of financial situation of the end beneficiaries and receive positive conclusion of the Coordination Committee, and of the European Investment Bank. 

USAID Project Signs MOU with Ukrgasbank

USAID Municipal Energy Reform Project in Ukraine (USAID Project) and UKRGASBANK signed a Memorandum of Understanding on July 19. Through joint efforts, the partners will promote implementation of the best practices of energy saving, transparency of the municipal energy reform process in Ukraine, and will help the cities attract investments in the energy efficiency and alternative energy projects. Andrii Nesterenko, USAID Senior Energy and Climate Change Specialist, expressed confidence that UKRGASBANK will be a reliable partner in attracting investment in the clean energy projects. "We already have joint experience in implementing successful energy efficiency residential sector projects through the "warm loans" program which we support since 2015. Now, time is right to make our efforts somewhat larger, both in terms of project size and scope. For example: heat supply, water supply, waste management and ecology," – said Mr. Nesterenko. Read more>>

Final Session of "Energy Audit of Buildings" Workshops

  The final session of the "Energy Audit of Buildings" workshops was held in Kyiv on July 5-7, supported by the USAID Municipal Energy Reform Project in Ukraine (USAID Project). 32 energy auditors and energy managers from 12 partner cities of the USAID Project participated in the training. During the workshops, the participants learned how to identify potential projects and studied the methodology of conducting energy audits and compiling the relevant reports. Together with leading European experts, they focused on consistency and handling the intricacies of performing the necessary calculations using the ENSI EAB software product. All the participants immediately applied their knowledge in practice – they conducted energy audits of the most typical building for their region (kindergarten, hospital, etc.). Read more>>

Trainings for journalists in Dnipro and Lviv

The USAID Project continues to educate journalists from its partner cities on the issues of energy efficiency, energy conservation, functioning of the Homeowners Associations (HOA) and use of the alternative energy sources.
Two-day trainings "Key Information on Energy Efficiency in Media" took place in Lviv (July 6-7) and in Dnipro (July 11-12). 37 journalists from Dnipro, Donetsk, Lviv, Rivne, and Volyn oblasts took part in the trainings. Together with the Project experts, they not only studied the modern energy efficient technologies, materials and alternative energy sources to be selected for modernization of buildings. They also discussed the latest technologies for providing information on various media platforms, use of correct terminology in the articles and videos, and busted the most common myths about establishment and operation of HOAs. Read more>>

Fourth edition of Information Digest

The USAID Municipal Energy Reform Project in Ukraine (USAID Project) has prepared the fourth edition of the "New Investment Opportunities" information digest. The increase of government support and interest of investors for channeling funds to increase energy efficiency in the housing and communal services sector has opened for the cities new and previously unavailable opportunities to participate in pilot and demonstration projects for receiving concession loans and grant funds, as well as financing energy efficiency measures through public-private partnerships. This time, we are presenting the most illustrative investment projects in energy efficiency, implemented or planned for implementation, in the USAID Project partner cities in the northern and central regions of Ukraine – Vinnytsia, Kamianets-Podilskyi, Kyiv, Sumy and Khmelnytskyi. Read more>>

Trainings for Journalists Started

The team of the USAID Municipal Energy Reform Project in Ukraine started on June 13 a series of new two-day seminars for journalists, called “Key Information on Energy Efficiency in Media.” The first event included 24 journalists from Ivano-Frankivsk, Ternopil and Khmelnytskyi oblasts. On the first day, the journalists learned about the variety of modern energy efficient technologies, the specifics of the construction of energy efficient and passive buildings, the correct use of the key terminology in housing and communal services, and also dispelled myths on the establishment and functioning of homeowners association. Read more>>

Municipal Transport Infrastructure Development

Ten partner cities of the USAID Municipal Energy Reform Project in Ukraine will receive funding for transport infrastructure development. This financing became possible after President Poroshenko signed the Law of Ukraine "On Ratification of the Financial Agreement between Ukraine and European Investment Bank" (Project "Municipal Public Transport of Ukraine"). The objective of the agreement is to allow municipalities to take out, against state guarantees, up to € 200 mln in credit from the European Investment Bank for spending on improvements to municipal public transportation. 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.

Wind energy

 

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

Solar energy

 

Hydropower is electricity generated using the energy of moving water. Hydroelectric power provides almost one-fifth of the world's electricity.

Water energy

 

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