The USAID Project assisted its partner cities in developing energy management systems which are established according to the ISO 50001 standard. This standard sets the system for the measuring and monitoring of energy consumption. The information obtained provides a basis for identifying energy efficiency measures and making executive decisions on possible savings. The USAID Project conducted trainings for technical personnel and specialists of the relevant level for establishing efficient energy management systems in its partner cities.
Supported by Project experts, the cities developed and implemented their own energy policies, and set their objectives, tasks, and action plans, norms, and standards in the field of energy saving and energy efficiency improvements. About 40 trainings and seminars on optimization of energy management systems have been conducted for city council leaders and specialists. All these have empowered each of our partner-cities to select the model best suited for managing their energy resources and energy spending given the existing management processes being used by municipal governments, and to engage local specialists and municipal leaders.
Support Provided for Development of National Energy Management and Energy Audit Standards.
Thanks to the combined efforts by the USAID Project and SAEE, Ukrainian cities are able to develop and implement effective systems of energy management that will conform to all international and national standards. With no additional investment, these new systems can generate savings in energy resources (5% to 8%) through more energy-efficient user behaviors, and can help reduce the level of energy consumption by 20% due to energy efficient operation of the facilities.
THE USAID PROJECT PREPARED TOGETHER WITH THE SAEE:
SURVEY REPORT, PRACTICES OF IMPLEMENTATION OF EU 2012/27 DIRECTIVE ON ENERGY MANAGEMENT AND ENERGY AUDIT SYSTEMS IN UKRAINE
· Implementation of energy management systems in government-funded institutions financed from local budgets;
· Conducting the monitoring of consumption of fuel and energy resources by government-funded institutions;
· Monetary incentives for persons in charge of implementation of energy management systems in government-funded institutions;
· Setting the limits for consumption of energy carriers by government-funded institutions.
The Project supported certification of energy managers for partner-cities in accordance with international standards. More than 50 specialists took the training and were awarded energy manager certificates.
In addition, THE USAID PROJECT:
· Provided assistance in adoption of national energy management standards in Ukraine;
· Developed the national standard of Ukraine, Methods and Phases of Conducting Energy Audits of Buildings;
· Prepared the methodology of energy audit of municipal energy systems;
· Developed the Municipal Energy Management Handbook;
· Analyzed best practices, developed unified methodology and incentives for implementation of energy management systems in municipalities, and provided assistance for development of unified methodology and guidelines for energy monitoring, energy management, energy consumption limits, and use of funds obtained from saved energy.
As part of this task, our experts have conducted over 930 energy audits of public facilities in more than 30 partner-cities of the USAID Project. This allowed to develop documentation to secure financing from international financial institutions such as European Investment Bank (EIB), European Bank for Reconstruction and Development (EBRD), Nordic Environment Finance Corporation (NEFCO), and others. Based on the results of the work, the municipalities will be able to mobilize more than USD 101 million for implementation of thermal modernization projects in 306 public buildings.