Case Study

08/12/13

Municipal Energy Efficiency

Municipal Heating Reform

Ukraine’s economy – and particularly its heat sector – is struggling with the multiple challenges of rising gas prices, dependence on gas imported from Russia, and technical and management inefficiencies.

The Alliance worked in collaboration with IRG to address these problems in the USAID-funded Municipal Heating Reform in Ukraine Program. This multi-year (2009-2012) program helped the Government of Ukraine and local governments within the country create a financially viable and sustainable municipal heating sector able to deliver quality services to the population, public institutions, and local industries.

The Alliance’s activities under the project included:

  • Designing and launching a National Public Awareness and Communication Plan and a public awareness campaign, “Save Heat, Save Ukraine,” to educate the public and government officials about the benefits of energy efficiency;
  • Supporting the development of a legal basis and technical specification for mandatory installation of building-level meters and heat regulators;
  • Supporting the revision and amendment of legal documents for mandatory and enforceable installation of heat meters, with a mechanism for cost recovery;
  • Implementing pilot projects in several Ukrainian cities, providing training to and working with energy service providers to install heat metering systems in different types of buildings and monitor the resulting energy savings;
  • Helping to develop a legal framework for condominium associations to promote energy efficiency, and changes to the housing code;
  • Reviewing Ukraine’s building energy code and suggesting improvements; and
  • Developing curriculum materials for integration into schools and campuses with a focus on energy use in Ukraine and efficient energy use in homes and public buildings.

For more information contact Astghine Pasoyan

The Municipal Network for Energy Efficiency Program (MUNEE)

The Alliance’s Municipal Network for Energy Efficiency (MUNEE) Program was implemented in Eastern Europe and the former Soviet Union from 2001 until 2008. The program helped municipalities in 17 countries introduce cost effective energy-efficiency measures that provide efficient heating in homes, schools, hospitals, and municipal buildings. 

In each of the project countries, MUNEE employed four key strategies: policy reform, capacity building, private sector engagement, and public awareness and outreach. Strong MUNEE partners, in-country workshops, regional conferences, websites, and information resources and tools translated into local languages helped to replicate past USAID and other donor efforts at relatively low cost; and several MUNEE projects have sustained themselves after the program’s formal expiration. 

MUNEE designed innovative policies on the national and municipal levels and strengthened the capacity of local stakeholders to attract energy efficiency investments. The MUNEE network continues to disseminate practical information, such as case studies of municipalities that have successfully cut heat and energy costs, freeing up resources to provide better public services. 

MUNEE delivered two major research assessments: Addressing Affordability of Utility Services in Urban Households: Energy Efficiency Solutions, including a compendium of 22 case studies on low-income energy efficiency financing and documented results and solutions; and Urban Heating Policy Review for South East Europe & Commonwealth of Independent States (CIS) Countries, which reviews the legal, regulatory institutional, and technical aspects of urban heat supply in the region.

For more information contact Astghine Pasoyan.