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.
Diana Korsakaite, Chief of Party at USAID Project, added: "Our experts are already working with the partner cities on development of documentation required to obtain funding for the clean energy projects. These are investment catalogues, feasibility studies and business plans. This will help the municipalities save money for other, more important for the communities initiatives". Ms. Korsakaite also added that, within the framework of cooperation, USAID Project will provide strong support in conducting an information campaign on promotion of the energy efficient technologies and use of the alternative energy sources in the partner cities.

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.). The training was based on the methodology developed by the Norwegian company ENSI and its specialized EAB software for the sector of buildings. The energy audits, which in future will be conducted by the training participants according to this methodology, can be used to develop feasibility studies for energy efficiency projects in buildings. These feasibility studies will become the basis upon which they will apply for investments from international financial institutions to implement the energy saving measures.

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. 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>>

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>>

Kramatorsk Transport Portrait

In March 2017, Kramatorsk started work on the Public Transport Efficiency Project which is implemented within the framework of the USAID Municipal Energy Reform Project in Ukraine. The objective of the project is to develop recommendations for improving transport infrastructure, and to improve the efficiency of municipal transport operations. Read more>>

Zaporizhzhia Implements Clean Energy Projects

The USAID Municipal Energy Reform Project in Ukraine (USAID Project) conducted energy audits of 60 public buildings in Zaporizhzhia, including 53 educational establishments and 7 health protection institutions. The audits formed the basis of documents allowed the City Council to form an application for € 16.7mln in credit from the European Investment Bank (EIB) under the "Ukraine Municipal Infrastructure Development Program" project (UMIDP). The city’s application received a positive assessment regarding the compliance of the projects with eligibility criteria, and is waiting to be included in the Preliminary List of UMIDP Projects as a result of the second phase of selection by the Ministry of Regional Development, Construction and Housing and Communal Services of Ukraine. 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>>

Ukrgazbank Long-Term Lending Program

The USAID Municipal Energy Reform Project in Ukraine supports energy efficiency in its partner cities and the implementation of comprehensive solutions allowing the municipalities to obtain the necessary financial resources, reduce their energy consumption and save the funds of the communities. Special attention should be given to the programs not only providing the required support to the populace, condominiums, and housing and construction cooperatives, but which also can be interesting and effective for the communal utilities. Ukrgazbank recently started a long-term lending program which enables Ukrainian communal utilities to obtain funds for the reconstruction, renovation, or capital overhaul of real estate, the purchase of real estate, equipment, vehicles and special mechanisms, construction works, or further construction. The period of such lending will correspond to the payback period of the investment projects, and may be up to 7 years. As a result, communal utilities may carry out their current activities in a regular mode with the simultaneous implementation of energy efficiency measures.  Read more>>

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.

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.

Award Ceremony for Schools Winners

An official ceremony of submitting reports on energy audits of the schools-winners of the contest on reduction of power consumption conducted by the USAID Municipal Energy Reform Project in Ukraine among 78 schools from 16 partner cities (five from each city) took place in Kyiv on April 26. In the course of competition, the students together with the teachers were able to save over 41 th. kWh of electricity, which is UAH 78,901 in cash equivalent. The highest success was achieved by the schools from Kamianets-Podilskyi (33.5%) and Khmelnytskyi (20.5%). Read more>>



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.
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