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

The purpose of Energy Security Project (ESP) is to enhance Ukraine’s energy security. Improving the energy legal and regulatory environment and increasing the 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.

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The Bioenergy Association of Ukraine expressed its position on the draft Law of Ukraine "On Amendments to the Law of Ukraine "On Heat Supply" regarding the improvement of the mechanism for the formation and establishment of tariffs for thermal energy, including those produced using alternative energy sources" in a letter to the Vice Prime Minister – Minister of Regional Development, Construction and Housing and Utilities of Ukraine Genadii Zubko and Head of SAEE of Ukraine Sergij Savchuk.

The text of the letter refers to the delimitation of powers of local self-government bodies and Energy and Utilities the National Regulatory Commission during the establishment of tariffs for heat energy from alternative sources of energy, the establishment of tariffs for heat energy from alternative sources of energy and other.

Read the full letter here (in Ukrainian).

People's deputies of Ukraine prepared an open letter regarding Ukraine's investment commitments in the field of renewable energy and the fulfillment of the terms of the Association Agreement with the EU and the goals of sustainable development. In the letter, the concern regarding the possible change of the existing rules of the game in the regulatory environment, which will negatively affect the development of renewable energy in Ukraine expressed by a number of people's deputies of Ukraine.

People's deputies consider it unacceptable to make any statements regarding changes in the existing state policy in the development of renewable energy in Ukraine by 2029. Because it can worsen the investor's interest.

Read the full text of the open letter here (in Ukrainian).

Середньозважені тарифи 22.12.2017On December 22, 2017, State Agency of Energy Efficiency and Energy Saving announced the average weighted tariffs for heat energy produced using gas for the needs of the population, institutions and organizations financed from the state or local budgets.

Pursuant to the requirements of Article 20 of the Law of Ukraine "On Heat Supply", the SAEE promulgates weighted average tariffs for thermal energy produced using natural gas for the needs of the population and budgetary institutions, as well as tariffs for the transportation and supply of thermal energy (

Recall that the Law of Ukraine on the promotion of heat production from renewable sources ( introduced a simplified and transparent procedure for setting tariffs for heat "not from gas."

For reference:

The State Agency of Energy Efficiency and Energy Saving of Ukraine quarterly up to the 25th day of the last month of the quarter calculates the weighted average tariff for the implementation of Article 20 of the Law of Ukraine "On Heat Supply" and in accordance with the Procedure for Calculation of Weighted Average Tariffs for Heat Energy Produced by Natural Gas for the Consumption of the Population, and organizations financed from the state or local budget, its transportation and supply, approved by the decision of the Cabinet of Ministers of Ukraine from 06 09.09.2017 № 679.


Today the largest international players in the field of renewable energy consider Ukraine as the most attractive European market among the developing economies.

Such conclusions were made based on the results of the 9th International Sustainable Energy Forum and Exhibition of Eastern Europe SEF-2017 Kyiv, which took place on October 9-11 in Kyiv.

Chairman of the Board of the Bioenergy Association of Ukraine Georgii Geletukha has participated in the Forum and Exhibition SEF-2017 Kyiv and was leading the bioenergy section. His presentation you can find here.

In particular, in the first half of 2017, the total capacity of renewable energy facilities increased in Ukraine by 183 MW and exceeded 1.46 GW. It is estimated that by the end of the year, this figure may exceed 1.52 GW.

The 9th International Sustainable Energy Forum and Exhibition of Eastern Europe SEF-2017 Kyiv was held on October 9-11 in Kyiv at “Parkovy” Congress and Exhibition center. 440 delegates and 58 exhibitors from 32 countries became participants of the industry event. The organizer of SEF-2017 KYIV is Innovative Business Centre (IB Center).

Program and more information about the International Forum and Exhibition SEF-2017 Kyiv you can find on the website

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iea wood pellet study 2017IEA published an updated report on market trends and trade of wood pellets in the world. Since 2011 global wood pellet market increased annually by 14% in average. The study covers the issues of pellet production, trade and consumption, as well as pellet prices nowadays and in the future in different countries and globally.

Download the Global wood pellet industry and trade study 2017 from the IEA website or by the direct link

The lack of reforms and neglected district heating in Ukraine led to its decline in the last decade by almost 20%. Аlthough the district heating (DH) coverage of Ukrainian cities is one of the highest in Europe. Can central heating be modern?

The author, economist and historian Valery Shcherbyna tells LB.UA about the realities of DH sector in Denmark, Sweden and Lithuania, and determines the negative heritage in the district heating system, which we have to refuse to stop the growth of tariffs and to improve services.

Read full article here (in Ukrainian).

graz declarationEurope has a specific responsibility to lead the way to a fossil free society. Technologies, know how, experience, capital, potential and positive examples are available as on no other continent. With a successful climate policy Europe could urge other continents to follow the European Example. Without European leadership no other continent will take the lead to implement COP 21 targets in time and the race against uncontrolled global warming will be lost globally. Given this background decision makers are urged to act accordingly.

Taking the opportunity of the the 5th Central European Biomass Conference held in Graz on January 18th, major biomass associations decided to unit and signed the `Declaration of Graz` as a guideline for the development of bioenergy in Europe towards 2030.

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Energy use of wood waste from agrarian pruning and plantation removal requires attraction of service companies, producers of technological and energy equipment, as well as end users.

To date, the lack of cooperation between these stakeholders hindered the possibility of creating new value chains and overcome the main obstacles related to the size of orchards / vineyards, the cost of collection of cuttings and management, low-wage, logistics and lack of opportunity to benefit from the production of biomass.

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b4b article switching to bioenergy

If you ask business players across Europe,  most  of  them  will  agree  that  fossil  fuels   are outdated and that they increasingly are  a source of threats and instability for their  businesses.  However,  when  it  comes  to   the great leap towards renewables, a lack  or shortage of information acts as a strong  deterrent for many. Bioenergy has a lot to  offer in such a context, already providing a  great  number  of  companies  everywhere   on    the    continent    with    sustainable,     affordable   and   secure   supply.   Even   if    media  often  focus  all  their  attention  on   wind and solar, the reality is that bioenergy  accounts  for  more  than  60%  of  the  EU’s   renewable  energy  consumption,  a  share   that  is  steadily  growing  and  expected  to   continue to do so in the near future. This  success  can  be  explained  by  the  fact   that  bioenergy  is  backed  by  mature  and   efficient  technology  together  with  very   competitive fuels compared to coal, oil or  gas. 

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