On September, 22, 2016 Verkhovna Rada of Ukraine approved a long awaited Draft Law on heat from alternative sources production stimulation (registration No. 4334 from 30.03.2016). Draft Law was developed by parliamentarians in close cooperation with State Agency on Energy Efficiency and Energy Saving of Ukraine and professional associations, including an active participation of Bioenergy Association of Ukraine.
The purpose of the bill - to stimulate the production of heat from alternative sources and to provide investors with a guarantee of return on investment in the production of heat, "not out of gas."
The Draft Law provides:
- tariffs for heat produced from renewable energy sources establishment as 90% of existing tariff for heat from gas for budgetary organizations and for public needs;
- transfer of tariffs and production activities licensing setting, transportation and heat from alternative sources supplement, to local authorities.
"This Draft Law is important for Ukraine, as it will become a tool reducing gas dependence. Its approval will create favorable conditions for investors and businesses, will annually reduce gas imports on more than 3 billion m3, keeping at least 15 billion USD within state's economy per year, taking into account multiplier - more than 75 billion USD "- commented on the benefits of the Draft Law the Head of State Agency on Energy Efficiency and Energy Saving of Ukraine Sergey Savchuk.
Approval and implementation of the Draft Law will reduce thermal energy costs and tariffs for end-users, creating round 25,000 new jobs and hundreds of new small and medium-sized businesses.
It is important to note that during the voting for the Draft Law as a basis, there were no votes "against".
Reminding, that on August, 19, 2016, Bioenergy Association of Ukraine appealed to the Chairman of Verkhovna Rada Andriy Parubiy and the Prime Minister of Ukraine Volodymyr Groisman to support the draft Law of Ukraine "On Amendments to the Law of Ukraine "On Heat Supply" on the promotion of heat production from alternative energy sources» №4334.