Sustainable Energy Fest in Lutsk

The 2016 European Sustainable Energy Week was launched the other day in Lutsk with participation of the USAID Municipal Energy Reform Project (USAID Project), representatives of the European Union in Ukraine, Lutsk City Council, and the Volynska Oblast State Administration, as well as other international and Ukrainian partners. The fest was organized by the Energy Efficient Cities of Ukraine Association.

During the opening ceremony, the USAID Project Chief of Party, Diana Korsakaite has noted in her speech: "The European Sustainable Energy Week is a great platform for discussing energy saving measures, and finding new partners in the field of energy performance. Our Project supports 17 Ukrainian cities, including Lutsk. We are assisting these cities in implementing energy efficiency measures and clean energy initiatives. The main goal of this assistance is reducing the import of fossil fuels and lowering greenhouse gas emissions in the atmosphere. The USAID Project is prepared to assist in attracting investments in Lutsk, as it will help improve the life of city residents.". Read more<<

Award Ceremony for Winners of School Contest

An official award ceremony for the winners of contest on reduction of electricity consumption which was conducted in 78 schools of 16 partner cities of the USAID Municipal Energy Reform Project in Ukraine (USAID Project) took place on June 7. Over three months, the students together with the teachers were able to save more than 41,000 kWh of electricity, which in monetary terms is USD 78,901. The greatest success in savings of electricity was achieved in Kamianets-Podilskyi (33.5%) and Khmelnytskyi (20.5%). The average rate of consumption reduction compared to the baseline period is 17.8%. According to the terms of the contest, the winners are 16 schools (one from each city) which received  the certificates for energy audits of their school buildings, diplomas and souvenirs from the USAID Project. In addition, the contest also rewarded the students-authors of the best videos and drawings devoted to energy saving.

USAID Project Helping Cities in Attracting Funds

The USAID-funded Municipal Energy Reform Project is assisting the cities of Chernihiv, Khmelnytskyi, and Ternopil to receive €5 million or more in preferential loans (at about 1.31% annual in Euro) from the European Investment Bank for the modernization of municipal infrastructure. Read more<<

NEFCO to Grant a Loan to Khmelnytskyi

The city of Khmelnytskyi has received approval from the Nordic Environment Finance Corporation (NEFCO) Credit Committee for a preferential loan under the Energy-Saving Program for conducting a comprehensive thermal modernization of the city's five government-funded institutions. Read more<<

An Investment Project Developed in Ivano-Frankivsk

A Preliminary Feasibility Study for solid municipal waste management and landfill gas collection and utilization system is being developed for the city of Ivano-Frankivsk under the USAID Municipal Energy Reform Project in Ukraine. Read more<<

Khmelnytskyi Prepared to Receive Investments

The USAID Project has developed the technical documentation for the City and the full set of legal papers needed for announcing a tender. The tender will be held to select a concessioner for implementing a solid municipal waste (SMW) landfill reconstruction project with the installation of a system for collecting and utilizing landfill gas to produce electricity and heat. Read more<<

The Most Promising Projects for Implementation Identified

The USAID Municipal Energy Reform Project in Ukraine (USAID Project) has evaluated the preparedness of 17 partner cities for the implementation of clean energy projects based on Public Private Partnership (PPP) arrangements. It was found that all the selected clean energy projects have significant economic potential and could be realized using the PPP mechanism. Some cities have already started working towards creating the preconditions for gaining private investments.  Read more<<.

Hotline Open

The USAID Municipal Energy Reform Project in Ukraine (USAID Project) and the Kyiv City State Administration open a Hotline on energy saving, programs to support energy efficiency measures, creation of condominiums, etc. The Ukrainians now can get free expert advice on how to properly insulate their homes, how to save energy resources, and on what terms the banks lend for energy efficiency measures. So if you are looking for professional answers to these and other questions – do not delay! Call the Hotline! 

Pavlohrad Getting Ready to Implement Energy Efficiency Projects

The USAID Project has announced an opportunity for the pilot cities to apply for assistance in receiving loans. The funds received are to be used for implementing energy-efficiency projects in the public sector. The representatives of the City of Pavlohrad have made such an inquiry. Read more<<.

Festival «Days of America»

Recently, Days of America festival was held in Lviv, and the USAID Municipal Energy Reform Project in Ukraine (USAID Project) was an active participant. Together with volunteers, we organized an information kiosk where everyone could get advice from the Project on energy saving, energy efficiency, establishing condominiums etc. For the younger participants of the festival, the USAID team held workshops on making toy windmills and clean energy laboratories. This allowed the children to learn about alternative energy sources and their importance for Ukraine. The Days of America festival let everyone in the city experience American movies, music, art, business and introduced them to the programs of the US Embassy in Ukraine. In addition, an open stage in front of the Opera House featured American music concerts and an information fair. The event was attended by US Ambassador Geoffrey R. Pyatt and Lviv Mayor Andrii Sadovyi.

The «From Waste to Energy» conference

In late May, the USAID Municipal Energy Reform Project in Ukraine (USAID Project) held a two-day conference called «From Waste to Energy» in Ivano-Frankivsk. More than
80 representatives of city councils, NGOs and international organizations, utility companies and environmental associations participated. They focused on solid waste management, using landfill gas at the landfills and the specifics of solid waste (SW) incineration. 
In a speech to the participants, the Mayor of Ivano-Frankivsk, Roman Martsinkiv, said that due to Project assistance, the city already has a project on a system for waste sorting and recycling the solid fuels and biogas produced from waste. Its implementation will annually produce an additional 5,000 MWh of energy and thus ensure the substitution of 1.6 mln. m3 of natural gas.

Presentations of speakers can be found here.

Sustainable Energy Action Plan in Khmelnytskyi

On May 18, the Deputies of the Khmelnytskyi City Council approved the municipal Sustainable Energy Action Plan for 2016-2025 (SEAP). The document includes 60 projects aimed at reducing CO2 emissions by almost 26% (240,367 ton/year) from the baseline level (2010). The total amount of these projects is UAH 2,976 mln. They include projects on: thermal modernization, conversion to alternative energy sources in the heating, water supply and sewage systems, street lighting and improvement of the traffic control system.

Consultants of the USAID Municipal Energy Reform Project took active part in preparation of the SEAP and its condensed version. They updated the Plan according to the 2016 municipal budget, adjusted the list of the proposed projects, and outlined realistic deadlines for their implementation.

Information Fair’2016

Recently, the team of USAID Municipal Energy Reform Project (USAID Project) participated in the exhibition "Information Fair’2016". More than 40 international projects and organizations that provide expert advice and assistance to the relevant committees of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine were represented at the event. The USAID Project distributed among the Deputies, their assistants and consultants its information materials on building management, creation of condominiums, saving of energy resources and others. In addition, experts of the USAID Project talked to the exhibition visitors about importance of adopting legislation on the NECSRC, ensuring commercial metering of natural gas, etc.

Exhibition AquaTherm’2016

On May 18, Deputy Chief of Party of the USAID Municipal Energy Reform Project (USAID Project) Dmytro Yemelyanenko participated in the exhibition AquaTherm’2016. This specialized event gathers annually more than 1,000 participants and representatives of more than 300 national and international companies who present the latest engineering solutions. The feature of this year’s exhibition was presentation of the energy saving technologies and solutions for the heating, air conditioning, water treatment systems, etc.

 In his speech, Dmytro Yemelyanenko noted that Ukraine today more than ever needs maximum concentration of its efforts to strengthen its energy security. "Implementation of the energy efficiency measures, without question, is the basis for energy independence of Ukraine. And, first of all, these measures need to be implemented in the municipal sector. For instance, the systems of lighting, transportation, water supply and sewage, heating and solid waste management require modernization. The USAID Project experts assist their partner cities on a daily basis to reduce energy consumption step by step."

Energy Efficiency Partnership Forum

USAID Project team has supported the Second Energy Efficient Partnership Forum “Energy Service: Investments in Energy Efficiency of Public Sector and Benefits for Residential Buildings”. Participants of the event were more than 600 representatives of the international organizations, public, condominiums, relevant Ministries and agencies, oblast, district and city administrations. Key topics for discussion were national and regional achievements in the sphere of energy efficiency of the residential stock, international energy service practices in the Ukrainian realities, as well as support of the international programs on introduction of energy service in Ukraine.

Honorable guests of the Forum were Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Groisman, Minister of Regional Development, Construction and Housing and Communal Services of Ukraine Henadii Zubko, SAEE Chairman Serhii Savchuk, Chiefs of Party of USAID Municipal Energy Reform Project in Ukraine (USAID Project), GIZ, IFC.

During the official opening ceremony, Ms. Diana Korsakaite, Chief of Party of the USAID Project, stressed importance of ESCO development in Ukraine – one of potentially efficient mechanisms for financing of energy efficiency improvements which have already proved its effectiveness in the USA and European countries.

Start of Sustainable Energy Days

Lviv became the second of the USAID Municipal Energy Reform Project (USAID Project) partner cities to hold Sustainable Energy Days activities. The date of the event is very symbolic – April 22 – International Earth Day. It is precisely on this date that various events helping people attract attention to environmental problems and try saving the planet by joint efforts taking place all over the world.

The USAID Project team contributed by setting up an information kiosk for visitors to Bohdan Khmelnytskyi Park in Lviv. Here, visitors could receive specialized brochures and tips from the USAID Project on saving energy, heat insulation for houses, the installation of energy efficient windows, etc. Children participated in scientific clean energy labs and master classes on making toy windmills. In this way, the volunteers and USAID Project team could reach out to children and tell them about renewable energy sources. Also, the USAID Project’s experts worked as jury members for the contest among 9-11 grade students from Lviv secondary schools for making energy efficient devices from materials at hand. The winners received prizes and souvenirs from the USAID Project and the Lviv City Council.

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