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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.

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.

Ukraine Energy Regulatory Support
Project Period: June 2016 – December 2019

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 2019

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 – June 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: March 14, 2019

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