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US advises Ukraine ahead of winter gas subsidy cuts

Gas pipeline in Ukraine. [World Bank/Flickr]

Gas pipeline in Ukraine. [World Bank/Flickr]

Ukraine’s generous energy subsidies could be cut before winter as part of the international effort to wean the crisis-hit country off Russian gas and introduce economic reforms, a high-ranking US State Department official has said (8 May).

US experts are advising the Kyiv government on energy efficiency to minimise the impact of the cuts, said Catherine Novelli, the US Under Secretary for Economic Growth, Energy and the Environment.

Ukraine is the second most energy-wasteful nation in the world, according to Enerdata, spending about $457 to generate each $1,000 of output. France, Germany and Italy spend $100 to generate the same amount.

Alternate sources and suppliers of energy such as shale gas and the European Union are being discussed, Novelli said in a wide-ranging interview also covering TTIP, the Snowden revelations and Europe’s innovation policy.

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