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Arseniy Yatsenyuk views crucial both to compensate for gas price and to renovate energy efficiency sector
06.04.2015 | 11:10
Information and Communication Department of the Secretariat of the CMU

The Government of Ukraine has extended the program for a 20%compensation for the purchase of alternative fuel boilers and has plans to embark on development of new programs to compensate the funds for energy efficiency renovation activities. Prime Minister of Ukraine Arseniy Yatsenyuk announced in an interview with TSN. The Week" on "1+1" TV channel.

Arseniy Yatsenyuk stressed it was crucial not just to compensate for gas cost, but decrease the consumption through the improvement of energy efficiency technologies: "Windows, new boilers, insulation".

Moreover, he informed on April 4 the Government of Ukraine had approved a provision to prolong a program for a 20%compensation of the cost of alternative fuel boilers: "You go into the Oshchadbank, take a loan and receive 20% of the boiler cost compensated by the government.

The Prime Minister emphasized that he would offer to apply this practice to the insulation of houses, the installation of new windows and energy modernization: "Compensation from the State Budget will be 30% to 40% of the cost of purchased insulation materials".

He reminded that German Chancellor Angela Merkel had agreed to grant to Ukraine EUR 500 million "as an extended long-term loan, with 300 million out of the sum intended to be spent to insulate buildings and modernize Ukrainian district heating companies.

Besides, the modernization of the Ukrainian district heating companies will be funded by the government of the Republic of Poland.

Concerning forming gas tariffs, he noted that it was not the responsibility of the Government, the President but that of an independent regulator - the National Energy Regulation and Utilities Commission".

According to the NERC calculations, a real gas tariff now is UAH 9600 per 1 thousand cubic meters: "Its the current price for the industry".

At this, the Prime Minister accentuated the tariff for the population consumption not exceeding 200 cubic meters of gas per month is UAH 3600 threefold from the real value of natural gas calculated by the NERC.

He stressed that the number of the citizens consuming up to 200 cubic meters of gas, and therefore paying the price at UAH 3600 per thousand cubic meters makes up almost 80%.

Apart from that, Arseniy Yatsenyuk reminded that the Government had introduced a broad subsidy programme and simplified at most the process of obtaining it.

The Prime Minister informed that to finance the subsidies the State Budget contained UAH 24.5 billion. He noted that presently this program covers about 1.2 million families: "We expect after the tariff increase this number will raise up to 3 million families. We have calculated it that way to have enough money for subsidies for 15 million citizens."

"If we see that we lack funds, we will definitely find the resource in the State Budget", stressed Arseniy Yatsenyuk.

 

 

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