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A tale of two buildings: the building after USAID provided energy efficient insulation (left); energy inefficient building right
A tale of two buildings: the building on the left after USAID provided energy efficient insulation; on the right - a building that remains energy inefficient.
Rachel Chilton

USAID leads efforts to decrease energy dependence and CO2 emissions in Ukraine by reducing waste and inefficiency in central heating systems. 

USAID energy programs improve Ukraine’s energy efficiency and reduce the country’s critical dependence on energy imports. USAID works with Ukrainian leaders to reform Ukraine’s extremely energy-intensive municipal heating sector by strengthening the legal, regulatory, and institutional frameworks necessary to improve heating services. USAID also assists Ukraine’s efforts to create a social safety net to keep heat affordable to vulnerable populations.

Current programs:

Energy Security Project (ESP)
Implementer: Tetra Tech, ES Inc.
Project Period: July 1, 2018 – June 30, 2023

Increasing Ukraine’s energy security is critical to securing the country’s political and economic sovereignty and independence from Russia and make Ukraine less vulnerable to political and market manipulation. USAID advances Ukraine’s energy security by providing support to establish competitive energy markets, promoting the diversification and resilience of Ukraine’s energy supply—including from renewable energy sources—and improving the legal environment for  the energy sector. USAID is providing technical support to increase the security—including cyber security—reliability, and resilience of Ukraine’s critical energy sector entities. USAID also supports Ukraine’s integration into the EU through new competitive markets-based, cross-border electricity and gas trades, increased interconnection capacities, and closer energy market coupling with new power exchanges. To address climate change, USAID will prioritize high-carbon over low-carbon energy generation assistance.

Municipal Energy Reform Project (MERP)
Implementer: Research Triangle International (RTI)
September 27, 2013 – March 31, 2019

The primary purpose of the Municipal Energy Reform Project (MERP) is to enhance Ukraine’s energy security.  The project will help Ukraine strengthen and advance urgently needed reforms in the district heating (DH) sector and introduce critical improvements to the municipal DH infrastructure. In addition, the program will support practical implementation of reform legislation and facilitate private sector investment in the rehabilitation and modernization of municipal heating networks in cities where the need is most critical. It will increase the efficiency of heating service delivery to end users and promote the substitution of fossil fuels with renewable energy sources.

Energy Sector Anticorruption and Fiscal Transparency Initiative in Ukraine (Transparent Energy)
Implementer: DiXi Group
June 15, 2016 – December 14, 2018

The Energy Sector Anticorruption and Fiscal Transparency Initiative in Ukraine (Transparent Energy) combats corruption and improves fiscal transparency in Ukraine’s energy sector by disclosing, analyzing, and publicizing energy sector information commonly obscured from public view. The project benefits many stakeholders, including household consumers, journalists, experts, and businesses.  The activity monitors and collects data; initiates journalist investigations, information inquiries, and a public pressure campaign; and explores innovative models for disclosing fiscal information to the public, including legislative initiatives that would institute regularized public reporting of key energy data.

Ukraine Energy Regulatory Support
Project Period: June 2016 – 2018

This is a partnership program between the National Energy and Utilities Regulatory Commission (NEURC) and the National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC). The goal of the partnership is to help enhance the ability of NEURC to regulate effectively the electricity and natural gas sectors in Ukraine by drawing on international best practices and relevant U.S. experience in market restructuring that encourages greater competition and transparency. NARUC’s USAID-supported partnership activities are also designed to assist NEURC with achieving its regulatory goals in line with implementation of the EU’s Third Energy Package.

Energy Technology and Governance Program 
Project Period: June 2016 – December 2018

The purpose of this activity is to assist electricity transmission system operator (TSO) UkrEnergo for the transmission system planning , static and dynamic analysis through technical assistance and participation in regional workshops with other TSOs. Activity is also planning technical assistance to UkrEnergo for integration of Ukrainian electricity system with Europe.

Energy Market Development
Implementer: UNOPS

Project Period: February 8, 2018 – February 8, 2019

The Energy Market Development activity supports Ukraine in strengthening its energy security through a one-year,  $5 million cooperative agreement with the United Nations Office for Procurement Services (UNOPS). The activity will support implementation of Kyiv's electricity market law and municipal district heating utility services.  

Last updated: October 12, 2018

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