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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

The purpose of Energy Secu5rity Project (ESP) is to enhance Ukraine’s energy security. Improving the energy legal and regulatory environment and increasing resilience of energy supply will help USAID to achieve broad-based, resilient economic development as a means to sustain Ukrainian democracy. Providing assistance for the creation and development of free market mechanisms is the main goal of ESP. The assistance to key energy institutions supports the implementation of an essential component of USAID’s Ukraine Country Development Cooperation Strategy. ESP will help the Government of Ukraine (GOU) to provide affordable, reliable, resilient and secure energy to its citizens; assist the Government of Ukraine to integrate into European energy markets by helping key government agencies and the energy regulator to meet EU energy acquis requirements, including the Third Energy Package; improve energy security establishing competitive energy markets in electricity, natural gas and district heating sectors; and increase energy supply in Ukraine by facilitating private sector-led energy investments in, and increasing  production of renewable energy sources.

Energy Sector Transparency  
Implementer: DiXi Group
Propject period: February 1, 2019 – December 31, 2023

The Energy Sector Transparency activity strengthens Ukraine’s energy security by reducing opportunities for corruption in the energy sector. The activity increases the transparency of energy sector data, empowers public watchdog entities to monitor and guard against corruption in the energy sector, and enables consumers to have a voice with respect to how the energy sector is regulated and governed.  

Ukraine Energy Regulatory Support

This is a partnership activity between Ukraine's National Association of Regulatory Utility Commissioners (NARUC) and regional energy sector regulators, including the National Energy and Utilities Regulatory Commission (NEURC). The goal of the activity is to help enhance the ability of NEURC to regulate the electricity and natural gas sectors in Ukraine effectively 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 the implementation of the EU’s Third Energy Package.

Energy Technology and Governance Program 

This is a partnership program with United States Energy Association (USEA) in which the program assists the electricity transmission system operator (TSO), UkrEnergo, in transmission system planning, static and dynamic analysis through technical assistance and participation in regional workshops with other TSOs.

Last updated: March 16, 2020

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