We believe that it is a necessity to begin with the legislative basis, with a special focus on ensuring the unhindered access of third parties - independent heat energy producers to DH networks and creating clear "rules of the game" for all potential participants in this process. The mechanism of competitive relations in the district heating system of Ukraine has already been developed in the form of a draft amendment to the law "On heat supply" and some other laws of Ukraine.

The article deals with the following issues:

  • How necessary are legislative changes?
  • Can we do without bidding?
  • Why anticipate the possibility of lowering the price offer?
  • Can the independent heat energy producers connect to DH systems and simply sell its heat to a utility company?

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How to implement competitive relations in district heating in Ukraine? Georgii Geletukha – Head of the Board of Bioenergy Association of Ukraine. Electronic edition "Investgazeta", November 06, 2018 (in Ukrainian)

The article is prepared on the basis of the USAID project "Municipal Energy Reform in Ukraine". The opinions expressed by the authors in this publication do not necessarily coincide with the position of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) or the Government of the United States of America

State of the art and prospects for the development of bioenergy in the EU-28 until 2030 are presented. Features of bioenergy contribution to different EU’s energy production and consumption sectors are analyzed. Based on the main trends existing in the EU, some recommendations for Ukraine’s bioenergy sector development are suggested.

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Analysis of the main trends of bioenergy development in the European Union. Zheliezna T.A., Bashtovyi A.I. Journal "Industrial Heat Engineering", 2018, v. 40, №3 (p. 70-75) (read in English p. 75)

The results of the qualitative analysis of fuel properties of corn stover and cobs from fields in the Kiev region are presented. Elemental composition (W, A, C, H, S, N, O, Cl), calorific value, ash melting temperature and chemical composition of ash were investigated. A comparative analysis of samples with foreign analogs was carried out.

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Fuel properties of Ukrainian corn stover. Antonenko V.O., Zubenko V.I., Epik O.V. Journal "Industrial Heat Engineering", 2018, v. 40, №3 (p. 85-90) (read in English p. 90)

The article contains the aggregated results of the development and optimization of laboratory installation for ablative fast pyrolysis performance with productivity 5 kg/hour on input products. The experimental data on the series of experiments (>60) with analysis of the inflence of certain range of input parameters on the bio-oil yield and qualitative parameters of output products is presented.

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Energy and economic indicators of fast ablative pyrolysis technology with cone screw reactor. Zubenko V.I., Epik O.V., Antonenko V.O., Oliynyk E.M. Journal "Industrial Heat Engineering", 2018, v. 40, №3 (p. 76-84) (read in English p. 84)

With a steady increase in natural gas prices, there is no end to the debate on how consumers pay less for heating, are there ways to reduce their payments?

In this article, the authors do not offer some kind of "magic" that will allow not to pay for heating, but only outline the existing problems and ways that can make centralized heating more efficient and affordable for consumers. The article deals with questions:

  • What is the general situation in centralized heat supply?
  • Can heat supply be cheaper?
  • What will change if you switch to individual heating?
  • Where to get cheaper heat?
  • Why our centralized heating still has not been converted to biomass?
  • Is it not better to introduce energy-saving measures and reduce the heat consumption of our homes?

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Do we need competition in the district heating in Ukraine? Georgii Geletukha – Head of the Board of Bioenergy Association of Ukraine. Electronic edition "Investgazeta", October 03, 2018 (in Ukrainian)

Read the previous articles, where authors analyzed the current situation with the long-term planning in district heating (DH) in Ukraine and presented recommendations for the finalization of regulatory acts for heat supply sector in terms of the introduction of long-term planning in the DH sector in Ukraine and presented road map for the transition to long-term planning in district heating in Ukraine

The article is prepared on the basis of the USAID project "Municipal Energy Reform in Ukraine". The opinions expressed by the authors in this publication do not necessarily coincide with the position of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) or the Government of the United States of America

To join or not to join new, independent heat energy producers capable of producing cheap thermal energy for the DH network? This issue is not only technical, but also organizational, legislative, economic and environmental.

The article deals with:
- the current state of management and operation of heat networks;
- active regulatory acts: problems of third-party access for heat energy producers;
- consumer rights to choose sources and organizations of heat supply.

Quote from the article:
"The absence of a separate tariff for the transportation of heat energy prevents the transportation of heat energy from third-party producers who are ready to supply cheaper heat energy to consumers."

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Join or not to join? – that's the question. Yevhen Oliinyk – Board Member of the Board of Bioenergy Association of Ukraine. Electronic edition "Ukraine Communal", September 24, 2018 (in Ukrainian)

In the previous articles, the author analyzed the current situation with the long-term planning in district heating (DH) in Ukraine and presented recommendations for the finalization of regulatory acts for heat supply sector in terms of the introduction of long-term planning in the DH sector in Ukraine.

The current article deals with the issues:
  - Formation of strategic goals;
  - Amendments to laws;
  - Improvement of by-laws.

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Road map for the transition to long-term planning in district heating in Ukraine. Georgii Geletukha – Head of the Board of Bioenergy Association of Ukraine. Electronic edition "Investgazeta", September 24, 2018 (in Ukrainian)

The article is prepared on the basis of the USAID project "Municipal Energy Reform in Ukraine". The opinions expressed by the authors in this publication do not necessarily coincide with the position of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) or the Government of the United States of America

The article poses the following questions:
- How difficult and long is the Verkhovna Rada adopting bioenergy laws?
- What will happen with the tariffs when bioenergy share will be rising?
- How large is the electricity from biomass production share?

Quotations from the article:
"We need to create an electronic biofuel trading system. It will be gathering both sellers and buyers. All the necessary information will flow there and the price will be set completely by the market there, but this requires a corresponding law."

"If everything is done properly, then alternative sources will be able to compete adequately with gas heating systems. And not just compete: heat can be cheaper on twenty-thirty percent. This is happening around the world."

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Ukraine needs competition in the heat supply sector. Part 2. Georgii Geletukha – Head of the Board of Bioenergy Association of Ukraine. Electronic edition "Drovnik", September 21, 2018 (in Ukrainian)

Read in the previous article on general organizational and legal issues of the work of the Bioenergy Association of Ukraine today, on state support and on the protection of buyers during trading through the Biofuel Electronic Trading System.

General organizational and legal issues, which regulate the activities of the Bioenergy Association of Ukraine today, are considered in the article, namely:

- Is there any real support for the Association's activities on the part of the state or it always takes place in more declarative forms?
- State Agency on Energy Efficiency and Energy Saving of Ukraine, structurally is not an independent unit. Does it cause certain problems in relation to the UABio activities?
- What kind of bioenergy-related draft laws are currently under consideration in the Verkhovna Rada?
- How will Electronic biofuel trading protect buyers if the seller does not comply with the contract on the quantity, quality, and timeliness of fuel deliveries?

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Ukraine needs competition in the heat supply sector. Part 1. Georgii Geletukha – Head of the Board of Bioenergy Association of Ukraine. Electronic edition "Drovnik", September 20, 2018 (in Ukrainian)

In the previous article, the authors analyzed the current situation with the long-term planning in district heating (DH) in Ukraine. This article presents recommendations for the finalization of regulatory acts for heat supply sector in terms of the introduction of long-term planning in the DH sector in Ukraine.

The article deals with the issues:
- Planning at the state level;
- Planning at the regional level

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How to implement long-term planning in district heating in Ukraine? Georgii Geletukha – Head of the Board of Bioenergy Association of Ukraine. Electronic edition "Investgazeta", September 18, 2018 (in Ukrainian)

The article is prepared on the basis of the USAID project "Municipal Energy Reform in Ukraine". The opinions expressed by the authors in this publication do not necessarily coincide with the position of the United States Agency for International Development (USAID) or the Government of the United States of America