On 21-26 May, an Ukrenergo NPC SE delegation headed by Vsevolod Kovalchuk visited the United States. It was the first visit to North America in the history of the Ukrainian system operator, during which, our top managers have not only met with their colleagues to learn about their experience and receive technical consultations, but also had talks with a number of government agencies, public institutions and sectoral organizations influencing and supporting reforms in Ukraine’s energy sector.
In particular, during the meeting with Edward Heartney, Deputy Director of the Bureau of Energy Resources at the U.S. Department of State, the parties discussed the status of the Ukrenergo-ENTSO-E synchronization project and the course of the corporate governance reform at Ukrenergo, and requested support for the Company’s reform aimed at increasing its transparency and stability.
The parties have also outlined possible areas of American technical assistance to enhance Ukrenergo’s institutional capability, in particular, under the USAID Project of Energy Security via Competitive Energy Markets in Ukraine, which will be implemented in Ukraine in 2017-22 and envisages allocation of up to US 90 million in grants to finance implementation of energy projects and initiatives.
During the visit, significant attention was devoted to combating cybercrime in the energy sector. The Ukrenergo delegation discussed security of critical infrastructure, including development of an active system to counter cyber threats, during the meetings with Tim Roxey, Vice President of the North American Electric Reliability Corporation (NERC), and representatives of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS) and the U.S. National Security Council (NSC).
The Ukrenergo managers learned about advanced power grid control technologies, implementation of demand management and smart grid development projects when visiting the American electricity transmission system operators PJM and CAISO and the California Public Utilities Commission.
“Our first visit to the United States was very eventful and useful”, Ukrenergo CEO Vsevolod Kovalchuk summed up the visit. “We were very pleased that more and more often, electricity generation matters become the subject of discussions as part of cooperation between our countries”.