The European Network of Transmission System Operators for Electricity (ENTSO-E) has granted Ukraine’s power company Ukrenergo the status of Observer Member, marking the beginning of a new chapter in the important relationship between Ukrenergo and all the European electricity TSO members of ENTSO-E.
“After a successful emergency synchronisation of our grids on 16 March 2022, this agreement reinforces our strong solidarity with Ukrenergo which continues to operate and maintain Ukraine’s transmission power system stability in the most difficult of circumstances,” remarked ENTSO-E President Hervé Laffaye, at the signing of the Observer Membership Agreement.
“We are very proud to become Observer Member of ENTSO-E,” said Ukrenergo’s CEO, Volodymyr Kudrytskyi. “This is another important sign of the strong support we receive from our European TSO colleagues. As an Observer Member, we will work on establishing long-lasting and mutually beneficial cooperation with ENTSO-E.”
The status of an observer member will allow Ukrenergo to join a fully-fledged and experienced international Association of European TSOs with unique expertise in core association activities including policy and legal matters developed over a long period and to avail of their information, knowledge and best practices.
In particular, Ukrenergo will be able to participate in ENTSO-E Continental Europe Regional Group and join the working groups dealing with the grid operation and maintenance, network balancing and security, modelling of electricity demand, operation and development of generation, improvement of cyber security in the energy sector, electricity market and so on.
The decision was also welcomed by the director of the Energy Community Secretariat, Artur Lorkowski who described it as an important milestone for the development of the European energy market.
“I commend Ukrenergo for joining the European family of transmission system operators as an Observer and the relentless work of ENTSO-E to make this happen,” he pointed out. “Ukraine has proved it can maintain the stability of its electricity system during the extraordinary condition of war but it is the Ukrainian people which need our support now to restore electricity, heating and hot water. We at the Secretariat will do our utmost to assist the Ukrainian energy sector during the war and ensure its post-war revitalisation.”