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PM during a meeting with U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz: Gov't is working on achieving energy efficiency and independence of Ukraine
15.06.2016 | 22:00
Information and Communication Department of the Secretariat of the CMU

On Wednesday, 15 June, Ukrainian Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman met with U.S. Secretary of Energy Ernest Moniz in Washington within the framework of his visit to the United States. The sides discussed the plans of the Government towards achieving energy independence of Ukraine.

Volodymyr Groysman emphasized that energy independence is a matter of national security of Ukraine. "Our task is diversification and an energy efficient state, and we are working on it now. Reform of energy sector is one of the important priorities," stated Volodymyr Groysman.

The Prime Minister informed about the Government’s first steps in this direction. Thus, on May 1, the Government introduced the single market-based gas price, Volodymyr Groysman reminded. This decision will help overcome corruption in this area, stimulate an increase in Ukraine’s own gas production and energy efficiency. At the same time, we will provide social targeted support to those in need of such support following the introduction of the market-based gas price. "Energy efficiency is an issue of our agenda," Volodymyr Groysman emphasized.

The Government also draws special attention to nuclear power and alternative energy development, he pointed out. In the near future the Government will adopt the strategy of development of hydropower. According to the Prime Minister, the potential of the share of hydropower industry could be increased to 15.5% in the balance of power generation in the country compared to 8.5% as of today.

Separately, the Prime Minister stressed the need for modernization and restructuring of Ukrainian mines.

In addition, the Government concentrates its efforts on the reform of NJSC Naftogaz.

The Prime Minister thanked for the support of the United States in the energy sector. "The Government is absolutely committed to reforms, because Ukraine and Ukrainians need these reforms," he noted and called for deepening bilateral cooperation.

In turn, representatives of the U.S. Department of Energy pledged their readiness to support Ukraine and cooperate towards achieving energy efficiency of Ukraine.


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