Ukraine adopts law on certification of electricity transmission operator under the EU’s Third Energy Package

Ukraine adopts law on certification of electricity transmission operator under the EU’s Third Energy Package

April 21, 2021

On 15 April, the Ukrainian Parliament adopted a law that paves the way for the certification of the electricity transmission system operator, ‘Ukrenergo’. The Law transposes the provisions of Electricity Directive 2009/72/EC related to the Independent System Operator Model. The certification is an important condition for the integration of the unified energy system of Ukraine into the European Network of Transmission System Operators (ENTSO-E).

The adopted Law also contains provisions that once implemented will remove the existing barriers to joint cross-border capacity allocation between Ukraine and Moldova, as well as with its EU neighbours – Poland, Hungary, Romania and Slovakia.

The certification of Ukrenergo was previously rejected by the Secretariat of the Energy Community, which involves three Eastern partner countries Georgia, Moldova and Ukraine, due to non-compliance with the Ownership Unbundling Model. Following the adoption of the Law, the Energy Community Secretariat will re-launch coordination of this process via a joint working group established in 2019.

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