The Energy Community hopes that Ukraine will adopt new, more simple and transparent rules for distributing the capacity of interstate power grids for electricity exports, Energy Community Secretariat Legal Counsel and Deputy Director Dirk Buschle has said.
"The dispute concerns the way Ukrenergo, under the rules adopted by the NCER, organizes the allocation of network capacity for electricity exports from Ukraine to its western neighbors and Moldova. Under the current rules, getting access to these capacities is very difficult. The secretariat is in a constructive dialogue with the Ukrainian institutions involved, and we hope that new allocation rules allowing for open, transparent and easier access to the interconnectors can be adopted soon," he said. The interlocutor of the agency said that some provisions of bill No. 0916 on the electricity market of Ukraine now being discussed in the parliament could also simplify access to electricity exports and imports. "The draft law on electricity currently being discussed in parliament also contains provisions that will facilitate access and assuage several of the secretariat's concerns. This is one of the reasons why we support its adoption," said the official. As reported, the main exporter of Ukrainian electricity in 2011-2013 was DTEK holding owned by Rinat Akhmetov. The structures of Kostiantyn Zhevaho, in particular, Bila Tserkva combined heat power plant, have been several times removed from export auctions due to non-compliance with the requirements. DTEK, on the basis of government decisions, purchases electricity on the wholesale market for its subsequent exports at the wholesale market price without taking into account subsidy certificates. Ukrenergo operates Ukraine's backbone and interstate transmission lines, as well as is supervising the country's national grid. It is a state-owned company and is controlled by the Ukrainian Energy and Coal Industry Ministry.