Nuances of tariff regulation of Ukrainian system operators in wartime         

November 25, 2022

It’s nine months today since the start of Russia's unprovoked full-scale invasion, which brought unprecedented destruction, unseen terror and multibillion-dollar losses, including for the energy infrastructure operators.

The struggle for freedom goes on, and the enemy will not abandon its terror — it will last until the full victory of Ukraine. Meanwhile, it is extremely important for us to accumulate funds for rapid recovery of the consequences of missile attacks and, in fact, to save the energy system.

The main source of money for the infrastructure operator is made up of transmission tariffs for 2023. I hope that NERC will not revise them down. Otherwise, it will bring a multibillion-dollar deficit for Ukrenergo, which means that SAIDI and SAIFI indicators will grow in the future.

Strategically, a low transmission tariff will only create additional problems.

Even now, it is quite obvious that funds are needed both for current repairs and for investments — for example, in reclosers, systems for dynamic regulation of reactive power and many other technical solutions that are urgently needed for the energy supply security and preparation for the forthcoming heating season.

It is highly important for us to realise that if we want to save the energy system and the system operator, we must ensure their financial liquidity. Otherwise, how can we expect rapid recovery of critical infrastructure and proper preparation for the heating season?

Maksym Bielawski

Leading Expert, Energy Programmes

Born in 1986 in Zhytomyr oblast


Zhytomyr State Technological University (2008)

Ph.D in Technical Science (2010)

Ivano-Frankivsk National Technical University of Oil and Gas (2012)

Author of 17 patents and 100 scientific works

Work Experience:

2008 – 2011 — Operator of Gas Infrastructure Units, Controller of Gas Transmission System in Rivne Division of PJSC "Ukrtransgas"

2011 – 2017 — Leading Engineer, Deputy Head of Press-Service, Head of Public Relation Department of PJSC "Ukrtransgas"

2017 – 2018 — HR Director of PJSC "Maine Gas Pipelines of Ukraine", Advisor to the Minister of Energy and Coal Industry of Ukraine

2021 — Director of Integrated Communications of NJSC "Naftogaz of Ukraine"