The Ukrainian government introduced a bill to the Verkhovna Rada, according to which until December 31, 2021, electricity imports from Belarus and Russia would be banned.
The government proposes to abandon the import of electricity carried out under contracts valid until December 31, 2021, reports TASS.
“To temporarily suspend the import of electricity from states that are not members of the Energy Community, in order to stabilize the situation on the electricity market, ensure stable operation of the energy system of Ukraine, and create equal fair conditions in the electricity markets,” the explanatory note said.
After December 31, 2021, it follows from the bill that the amount of electricity imported from non-member states of the Energy Community will be available for sale exclusively on the day-ahead market (selection of price bids from suppliers and buyers a day before the actual supply of electricity) and on a balancing market (real-time trading).
Now the restrictions apply to Russia, whose resource is available for sale only on the day-ahead market. Import from Belarus is possible both on the day-ahead market and on the intraday market. In April, the Ukrainian authorities decided to limit the commercial import of electricity from countries that are not members of the Energy Treaty for the period of the pandemic.
Electricity supplies from Russia to Ukraine in the first quarter of 2020 fell 5.4 times to 53.4 million kWh, from Belarus 2.8 times to 149.6 million kWh. For March, deliveries from Russia and Belarus accounted for 2% of all imports.
Meanwhile, in May it was reported that for the population of Ukraine from October 1, electricity tariffs are going to increase by more than one and a half times.