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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. You will learn about the achievements of the USAID Project partners in the development and implementation of Sustainable Energy Action Plans (SEAPs) and Sustainable Energy and Climate Action Plans (SECAPs), about the implementation of clean energy projects in condominiums, and the latest news about investment opportunities in the cities.

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>>

SEAP Implementation in Ternopil

Ternopil approved in 2013 the Sustainable Energy Action Plan (SEAP) developed with support of the USAID Municipal Energy Reform Project (USAID Project). It envisages СО2 reduction by more than 22% through 2020. In cooperation with the USAID Project, the document was updated in 2016 and its implementation is in progress. Read more>>

Chernihiv Experience of SEAP Implementation

The city of Chernihiv is a good example for replication as it has not stopped developing and changing for the better even in the country’s difficult times. The local authorities put a lot of effort into resolving the problems accumulated over the years, and in making the city more energy efficient, neat and comfortable for living. The development of the Sustainable Energy Action Plan (SEAP) for 2015-2023 in cooperation with the USAID Project and its adoption by the City Council has opened realistic opportunities for Chernihiv to attract investments for the implementation of energy efficiency projects and measures. A positive credit history, properly prepared applications to international financial institutions and clear business plans for each of the projects have all helped with attracting the attention of international financial institutions to Chernihiv. Read more>>

Reform Communications: Survey, Trends, Common Efforts

Vira Illiash, Director of Communications and Government Relations of the USAID Municipal Energy Reform Project in Ukraine (USAID Project), participated in the “Reform Communications: Survey, Trends, Common Efforts”. round table on April 27. The main objective of the meeting was the joining of efforts of the international technical assistance projects, the team of the Government of Ukraine and non-government organizations for coordinating joint communication actions supporting the implementation of energy reform in Ukraine. The organizer of the event, NGO “Internews-Ukraine”, which is implementing the USAID Reform Communications Program in Ukraine Project, invited attendees actively implementing information campaigns on energy saving, best energy efficiency practices and use of alternative energy source to participate in the discussion.  
In her presentation, Ms. Illiash told about the key energy reform communication trends in Ukraine and gave a presentation on the experience of the USAID Project in implementing large-scale information campaigns on energy saving and the use of alternative energy in the Project partner cities.

Kremenchuk will Implement Investment Projects

The USAID Municipal Energy Reform Project in Ukraine (USAID Project) took part in the meeting of the Task Force on implementing projects with investments from international financial institutions and other financing sources in Kremenchuk on April 26. The speakers delivered a presentation on the results of energy audits of 50 public buildings in the city and told about typical problems of the objects surveyed. In addition, they presented four alternative options for energy efficiency measures that would  reduce energy consumption of buildings up to 70% if implemented. These measures include the replacement of the old windows and entrance doors, the insulation of external walls, the installation of automated individual heat substations, comprehensive reconstruction of the building heating systems, etc. The results of energy audits may be used by the city management for arranging financing to implement the selected energy efficiency measures.

Teplodar will Reduce Dependence on Gas

The substitution of natural gas with alternative energy sources is extremely important for Ukrainian municipalities today. Teplodar in Odesa Oblast is no exception. Last year, the local heating utility was not able to start the heating season on time because of its debt to NJSC Naftogaz, so the local residents were freezing in their homes. In order to avoid this situation in future, the Odesa Oblast Council, a USAID Municipal Energy Reform Project in Ukraine (USAID Project) partner, requested that the Project analyze the possibility of producing heat energy and electricity from biomass, and to assess the efficiency and feasibility of such a project. After conducting research, the USAID Project identified four possible solutions that would allow the city to reduce heat energy losses and to lower dependence on the natural gas suppliers. For instance, the use of pellets from sunflower husk as a possible fuel was considered. This is feasible because six powerful processing facilities are located within 50 km of the city. In addition, there are over 70 potential biomass suppliers operating in the district, and they may ensure fuel supply. Currently, several companies are already interested in implementing this project in Teplodar.

Expert Meeting on Climate Change Issues

The USAID Municipal Energy Reform Project in Ukraine (USAID Project) took part in the expert meeting "Implementation of State Climate Change Policy" on April 27. The meeting was devoted to a discussion of the Action Plan on Implementing the Concept of State Climate Change Policy through 2030. This conceptual document was developed by the Ministry of Ecology and Natural Resources of Ukraine with support of the USAID Project. The organizers of the event, namely the Secretariat of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine, invited more than 50 representatives of the city councils and oblast administrations, NGOs and academia from seven regions of Ukraine (Vinnytsia, Dnipro, Lviv, Odesa, Poltava, Kharkiv and Chernihiv) to the discussions. Comments and proposals provided by the experts at the meeting will be incorporated in the finalized draft Action Plan. Further, this document will be sent for approval by the central executive power bodies, and will be approved by the Government of Ukraine.

Izmail City Council Deputies Adopted SECAP

Izmail City Council deputies adopted the Sustainable Energy and Climate Action Plan through 2030 (SECAP) on March 31. The SECAP was developed at a record pace of 3 months with the support of the USAID Municipal Energy Reform Project in Ukraine (USAID Project). This plan includes 73 technical and 5 information projects for total amount of UAH 1,718.7 mln. Their implementation will allow the city to save up to 75 mln. м3 of natural gas and over 345,000 MWh of electricity. In addition, the amount of СО2 emission will be reduced by 34% by 2030  (80,800 t/year), and this will have a positive impact on the development of an environmentally oriented economy and will improvement the quality of life for the city residents. . Read more>>

Independent Heat and Power Engineering 2017

The team of the USAID Municipal Energy Reform Project in Ukraine (USAID Project) participated in the industrial fair and forum "Independent Heat & Power Engineering 2017" held in Kyiv on April 11-12 with support of the State Agency for Energy Efficiency and Energy Saving of Ukraine (SAEE). Official opening ceremony of the event gathered in total over 4,000 guests and participants. Read more>>

Energy Management Training for Eastern Ukraine

The USAID Municipal Energy Reform Project in Ukraine (USAID Project) started the "Basic Energy Management Training" workshop in Kharkiv on March 27. Participants in this five-day event included 29 representatives of municipal, district and oblast administrations of Donetsk and Luhansk oblasts. The main objective of the training is to help the new USAID Project partner cities in implementing municipal energy management systems and in improving their institutional capacity to develop sustainable energy infrastructures. During the training, the trainees will learn about the state and municipal programs supporting energy conservation, explore the mechanisms for raising financing for energy efficiency projects in the public sector, and learn about the key aspects of implementing a municipal energy management system and energy audits.

USAID University Day in Sumy

On March 23, USAID Municipal Energy Reform Project team participated in the USAID University Day, conducted in Sumy National Agrarian University. It gathered over 100 students, who learned about tasks and achievements of six USAID projects, including USAID Municipal Energy Reform Project, and discussed main challenges related to reforming such sectors as: agriculture, trade, energy efficiency, finance, education, as well as anti-trafficking issues. The USAID Municipal Energy Reform Project team prepared its own curricula for the students. It included  interactive session, where all interested students participated in energy audit of the main university campus, discussed innovative technologies and energy efficiency measures, that could be implemented in the building, as well as participated in thematic QUIZ focusing on energy saving issues and alternative energy sources. During the session, the most active participants received branded presents from USAID Municipal Energy Reform Project.

Kharkiv Now a Partner City of USAID Project

Kharkiv signed a Memorandum of Understanding with the USAID Municipal Energy Reform Project in Ukraine on 23 March 2017. Under this memorandum, the Project will help the city in developing an effective energy management system. In addition, energy audits of the communal systems and public buildings will be conducted in Kharkiv for the development of the Greenhouse Emission Cadaster and Catalogue of Investment Projects in Energy Efficiency, with their further incorporation into the Sustainable Energy and Climate Action Plan of Kharkiv. Read more>>

First Energy Audits in New USAID Project Partner Cities


The USAID Municipal Energy Reform Project in Ukraine (USAID Project) is actively conducting energy audits in the new partner cities. Reports have been prepared for the mayors of Bolhrad, Chornomorsk, Mariupol, Odesa, and Yuzhne regarding energy consumption and energy losses in 112 public buildings – local hospitals and schools, kindergartens, administrative buildings, as well as standard residential buildings. All the objects were selected on the basis of analyses of their technical condition, year of construction, importance of social improvements from the implementation of the energy efficiency measures, level of energy resources consumption, and available potential for savings. Read more>>

Training on Energy Audit of Buildings

The USAID Municipal Energy Reform Project in Ukraine announces a competition for participation in the training on energy audit of buildings that will be based on the methodology of Norwegian company ENSI and its specialized software for the buildings sector EAB. Objective of ENSI training program is to teach the specialists how to conduct energy audits of buildings. The training participants will receive knowledge and skills for: identifying and scanning of the projects for selection of acceptable projects; fulfillment of disciplinary energy calculations with use of ENSI ЕАВ software product; conducting energy audit and preparation of the energy audit report that will be used as the basis for selection and implementation of the energy efficiency measures; preparation of the manuals and operation and maintenance manual, as well as manual for energy management of the building. Read more>>

Energy Management Training in Kharkiv

The USAID Municipal Energy Reform Project conducted the “Energy Planning, Energy Management and Project Preparation” seminar in Kharkiv on 1-3 March. 40 energy managers, communal utilities specialists and city council representatives from Bakhmut, Pokrovsk, Rubizhne, Severodonetsk and Sloviansk discussed the issues of energy planning, implementation of municipal energy consumption management and preparation of clean energy project proposals together with the Project. Read more>>
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