27.May .2021 00:00

Ukraine Bans Electricity Imports from Russia, Belarus

Ukraine Bans Electricity Imports from Russia, Belarus
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Ukraine's National Commission for State Regulation of Energy and Utilities will limit electricity imports from Russia and Belarus until October 1, 2021.
 
According to Ukrinform, the regulator approved a respective draft resolution "On the distribution of capacity of interstate power grids" at an open meeting on May 26.

"At joint meetings, we came to the conclusion that together with electricity producers we should monitor the state of preparation for the autumn and winter period and the situation with the accumulation of coal. Although imports were necessary this winter, this does not mean that we will not extend the ban. Today we are ready to do it only by October 1," said Valerii Tarasiuk, the head of the National Commission for State Regulation of Energy and Utilities.
 
The draft resolution provides for a temporary restriction of available capacity, which is distributed at daily and monthly auctions for 2021, in terms of interstate power grids between Ukraine and states that are not members of the Energy Community (Russia and Belarus). At the same time, the introduction of mechanisms to control the accumulation of coal is envisaged.
 
The energy ministry this month asked the authority to ban power imports from countries that are not members of the Energy Community (of Southeast Europe) because this contradicts Ukraine's strategic goals and "potentially threatens energy security". 
 
At the end of 2019, Aleksey Goncharuk, who held the post of Prime Minister of Ukraine, announced that in order to join the Ukrainian electric power system to the European one, the country would have to abandon the Russian and Belarusian system. Then he reported that this should happen by 2023. However, in March 2021, the then Acting Energy Minister Yuriy Vitrenko clarified that the separation would take place earlier, in 2022.
 
In April 2020, Ukraine has already stopped importing electricity from Russia and Belarus, but the corresponding regulation of the regulator was canceled in December. As a result, the import of Belarusian energy resumed in early January and Russian - in early February.