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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>>

Beginning of Cooperation with Mariupol

At the end of February, the Mariupol City Council and the USAID Municipal Energy Reform Project in Ukraine (USAID Project) conducted a joint press conference and announced the beginning of cooperation in the areas of energy efficiency, energy conservation and the implementation of clean energy projects. The City Council representatives told the journalists from 13 local and regional media, including 3 TV channels, about the key measures planned for implementation in the near future. According to Deputy Mayor Oleksandr Holtvenko, the USAID Project will conduct energy audits of 40 municipal objects (kindergartens, schools, hospitals) and will analyze the operation of their heat supply, water supply, sewage, lighting, and other systems. Also, standard multi-storey buildings in Mariupol will be inspected, their strengths and weaknesses will be identified, and recommendations on reducing energy consumption by the buildings will be developed together with the city energy managers. In addition, based on the energy audit results, the USAID Project will select and propose grant financing programs through which Mariupol will be able to implement the necessary energy efficiency measures and clean energy projects. The city will also receive support in introducing a comprehensive municipal energy management system. A wide-scale information campaign will be conducted for informing the city’s residents about the necessity and importance of implementing energy efficiency measures.

Thermal Modernization Experience of Lutsk HOAs

The USAID Municipal Energy Reform Project organized a press tour on March 3 called “Homeowners associations (HOAs) Thermal Modernization Success Stories. Lutsk” for 23 journalists from national and regional media. This was the second city to tell its story about Ukrainians who led the way when it comes to establishing HOAs, implementing energy efficiency measures and using the state program of “warm loans”. All this allows them not only to create proper living conditions in their dwellings, but also to significantly reduce the expenses from the family budget for communal services. Read more>>

Thermal Modernization of Homeowners Associations. Lviv

On February 17, the USAID Municipal Energy Reform Project in Ukraine and the State Agency for Energy Efficiency and Energy Saving of Ukraine (SAEE) organized a press tour for more than 25 journalists from the national and regional media. The event was headed by SAEE Chairman Serhii Savchuk. The press tour participants, together with representatives of the Lviv City Council and Lviv Oblast State Administration, visited two Homeowners Associations in Lviv which had used the State Energy Efficiency Program, successfully implemented a set of energy efficiency measures, and received compensation for part of the loan principal not only from the state but also from the city. The organizers showed by their example that participation in the State Program of "Warm Loans” is beneficial, and that a manifold reduction of the utility bills through energy efficiency measures is realistic. Read more>>

What US Experience Will Help Change in Ukraine

The USAID Municipal Energy Reform in Ukraine Project (USAID Project) and Deputies of the Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine held a briefing on 3 February 2017 regarding the MPs’ study tour to the United States. The tour was arranged to exchange experience on the transition to low emission economic development. The event presented the U.S. experience in developing and introducing green energy and how to practically implement the American experience in Ukraine. Read more>>

Energy Saving in House

You are a happy owner of a private house but your communal services bills upset you more and more? Then our new PSA video and energy saving tips are especially for you. Insulate your house, use energy saving home appliances and install a solid fuel boiler. Receive compensation from the state program supporting energy conservation. All this will allow your family to save up to 70% on communal bills. The video was created by the USAID Municipal Energy Reform Project team in cooperation with the Ministry of Regional Development, Construction and Housing and Communal Services of Ukraine and the State Agency for Energy Efficiency and Energy Saving of Ukraine. Read more>>

Energy Saving in Apartment

We continue looking into how to reduce communal bills through energy conservation. Please watch the new video PSA created by the USAID Municipal Energy Reform Project team in cooperation with the Minregion and SAEE. This time, we focus on simple but effective energy saving methods in the apartment that will save you up to 50% of communal bills. Watch our video and remember: “You can cope with anything when there’s a will”.

What is the Power of HOA?

Received slightly shocking utility bills again? And did you know you could readily save up to 40% on utilities? To do this you need to make the first step – get together with your neighbors and set up an Homeowner Association (HOA). In this way, you could control energy consumption in your building and implement energy efficient measures. So, enjoy the video made by the Team of the Municipal Energy Reform Project in collaboration with Minregion and State Energy Efficiency Agency, and learn how much you can save by, for instance, insulating the building front or installing an individual heat point. Remember: All issues related to your building need to be addressed together. And Let the Power Be with You, the Power of Your HOA!

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. 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.
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