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New Partner Cities Signed MOUs

The USAID Municipal Energy Reform Project in Ukraine has completed the process of signing the Memoranda of Understanding with the new partner cities in Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts of Ukraine. Cooperation with the new municipalities envisages improved efficiency in use of the municipal energy resources. This goal will be achieved through energy audits of the energy supply systems and communal services systems, training of the specialists and providing assistance to the cities in development of the Sustainable Energy Action Plans (SEAP) or similar documents which determine the energy development and promote reduction of greenhouse gas emissions. The USAID Project will also provide support to the cities in establishment of the municipal energy management and will assist in attraction of funding for implementation of the measures identified in the energy plans, SEAPs or identified as priority measures as a result of energy audits of the key municipal systems. You will recall that the new partner cities in the Eastern region of Ukraine are Bahmut, Dobropillia, Mariupol, Myrnohrad, Pokrovsk, Rubizhne, Severodonetsk and Sloviansk.

Happy Holidays!

The team of the USAID Municipal Energy Reform Project in Ukraine whole-heartedly wishes you a Merry Christmas and a Happy New Year. May 2017 bring you and your loved ones sound health, good luck, prosperity and every success. Let kindness, harmony, peace and joy always live in your home. In your professional life, we wish you new amazing ideas and great achievements in the implementation of interesting and successful projects. We believe that our successful cooperation will continue in 2017, strengthening our efforts in achieving the common goal of energy independence of Ukraine.

Info Fair "Opportunities for Development of Communities"

On December 9, MERP team participated the info fair entitled "Opportunities for development of communities" which was a part of the annual Conference of the Association of Ukrainian Cities. This year event gathered over 200 city mayors, and heads of village councils from different oblasts of Ukraine. A number of international organizations and technical assistance projects, including GIZ, Swedish Association of local authorities and regions, East Europe Foundation, and USAID Projects, participated in the exhibition and displayed their activities. At their information kiosk, MERP team provided consultations and distributed information materials related to EE/AE, tariff regulation, HOAs creation, among others. The honorable guests of info fair were Prime Minister Volodymyr Groisman, Deputy Prime Minister Hennadii Zubko and Kyiv Mayor Vitalii Klychko.

 

New Partner Cities

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>>

Project Completed Trainings for Journalists

Over 140 journalists from seventeen oblast of Ukraine took part in a series of trainings “Media on Energy Efficiency: Competently, Objectively, Motivatingly”. The two-day interactive events were organized by the USAID Municipal Energy Reform Project in Ukraine, in cooperation with the Ministry of Regional Development, Construction and Housing and Communal Services and the State Agency for Energy Efficiency and Energy Saving. This year, the USAID team decided to change the customary format of its trainings, and suggested not only intensive theoretical training, but also a practical part – it organized meetings with those who are actively implementing energy efficient technologies and are using alternative energy sources. 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<<

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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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