: :inin Kyiv (EET)

Rozenko clarifies earlier statement on alternative energy resources for rural areas


Vice Prime Minister Pavlo Rozenko argues that apart from criticism stirred up by his earlier call for rural residents to consider the possibility of using alternative energy sources instead of natural gas, it [proposal] has found enormous support from those people who have a clue about energy efficiency.
Some regions of Ukraine can boast good examples of giving up the natural gas, Rozenko said on air of Espresso TV channel.
He added his proposal was criticized by those officials whose business had thrived on gas supplies from Russia.
”It is true that there has been much criticism, especially among the political elite, who at one time have built up their business and wealth due to gas supplies from the Russian Federation,” Rozenko said.
As UNIAN reported earlier, Rozenko had suggested that households in the rural areas should consider the possibility of using alternative energy sources instead of natural gas.
He stressed that the price of gas would not decrease in Ukraine, and therefore, it was important to look for the alternative sources at lower prices.
The Ukrainian government fixed a single price of gas as of May 1, 2016, at UAH 6,879 ($273) per 1,000 cubic meters, equal to the purchase price of natural gas, which is imported to the country.
As the Cabinet took its decision on the gas price on April 27, First Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine Stepan Kubiv and Minister of Energy and Coal Industry Ihor Nasalyk noted that the move would put an end to speculative transactions on the gas market.
Ukrainian Prime Minister Volodymyr Groysman said that the decision was not an easy one as it would spark debates, but it would eliminate all illegal schemes allowing profits due to gas price margins.
Ukrainian President Petro Poroshenko described the government`s decision as a serious anti-corruption step.

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