REA starts the implementation of USAID-MER Project
Renewable Energy Agency begins the implementation of the project “Promotion of Natural Gas Substitution with Biomass in Heat Energy Production” funded by Municipal Energy Reform of Ukraine (MER) Project of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID). Implementation of the Project was made possible through support from the American People provided through USAID.
Project goal: promotion of efficiency in preparation and implementation of projects in the area of heat energy production from biomass, creation of conditions for attraction of investments, ensuring social affordability and quality of heat supply services, assistance in economic development of the Municipal Energy Reform Project partner cities and strengthening of their energy independence.
Project implementation is focused on partner cities of the Municipal Energy Reform Project: Vinnytsia, Dnipropetrovsk, Zaporizhzhia, Ivano-Frankivsk, Kamianets-Podilskyi, Kryvyi Rih, Kramatorsk, Lutsk, Lviv, Pavlograd, Rivne, Sumy, Ternopil, Kherson, Khmelnytskyi, Chernihiv.
Within 9 months of the project is planned:
- To prepare and conduct a one-day training seminar “Increase of Awareness of Government Bodies Representatives in Sphere of Bioenergy” for representatives of the state power bodies.
- To conduct a one-day training seminar “Basic Course on Use of Biomass for Energy Needs”.
- To conduct a specialized training seminar with involvement of potential investors in the projects and financing organizations “Energy Planning and Development of Investment Projects. Attraction of Investments and Possible Ways of Financing for Projects on Gas Substitution and RES Use”.
- To organize visits to successfully implemented objects of heat energy production from biomas.
- To select 5 partner cities that are most ready and interested in improvement of the Municipal Energy Plans and in change of priorities for implementation of projects on biomass use for heat energy production.
- To analyze, together with the representatives of 5 selected partner cities, the Municipal Energy Plans developed by them, and to prepare recommendations on the strategy of heat energy production from biomass and natural gas substitution.
- To prepare and publish the Manual on Development and Implementation of Projects on Energy Use of Biomass in the Housing and Communal Services Sector and in Public Buildings.
- To conduct a one-day specialized training seminar “Feasibility Study Preparation for Investment Projects on Use of Biomass for Heat Energy Production in Ukraine” for the representatives of partner cities, communal utilities and stakeholders in Kyiv.
- To select one project in each partner city on heat energy production from biomass, and to conduct a feasibility study of a “pilot” project, to prepare investment proposal and to present “pilot” project to the municipality and potential investors for financing.
- To conduct five one-day concluding seminars in the selected partner cities on the results of Project implementation.
The project activities ” Promotion of Natural Gas Substitution with Biomass in Heat Energy Production ” will be reported on the website of the NGO “REA” and pages on social networks.
For active cooperation within the Project we invite:
- representatives of the respective ministries and agencies, power bodies;
- representatives of the municipalities;
- representatives of the municipal heat supply utilities;
- representatives of the local communities and social groups;
- private investors, financing organizations; and
- field-specific mass media.
Implementation of the Project will promote development of the solutions on reduction of gas consumption, reduction of greenhouse gas emissions through involvement in the energy balance of СО2 neutral fuels in the form of biomass, increased quality of investment projects development and accelerated attraction of investments, strengthening of trust in the municipalities from the public and investors.
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