Olha Babii, a member of the National Energy and Utilities Regulatory Commission said that the Secretariat of the Energy Community had confirmed the possibility of final certification of the transmission system operator, NPC Ukrenergo.
“The Energy Community Secretariat has confirmed the independence of NPC Ukrenergo and agreed to the final certification of the Ukrainian transmission system operator,” she wrote on her Facebook page.
She noted that for the Ukrainian energy system to merge with the European one, the Ukrainian operator of the electricity transmission system must be certified following the requirements and standards of the EU.
“This decision of the Energy Community is the main condition for the National Energy Regulator to make the final decision on operator certification,” stressed Yaroslav Demchenkov, Deputy Energy Minister for European Integration.
Certification of Ukrenergo is one of the main prerequisites for the integration of the Ukrainian energy system into the European one (ENTSO-E), which is scheduled for 2023. Certification is also a requirement of the Law of Ukraine "On the Electricity Market" and EU Directive 2009/72, the implementation of which is part of Ukraine's international obligations. Integration into ENTSO-E will allow diversifying the import/export of electricity, expand the sales market for Ukrainian generation, in particular, for nuclear power plants (NPP).
As a reminder, in April the Verkhovna Rada voted for the certification of NPC Ukrenergo.