: Rural households may use alternative energy instead of gas - Ukraine Vice Prime Minister

13:51 May. 6, 2016

Rural households may use alternative energy instead of gas - Ukraine Vice Prime Minister

Vice Prime Minister of Ukraine Pavlo Rozenko during a meeting of Ukrainian Parliament, in Kyiv, 22 April 2016 (UNIAN)

Pavlo Rozenko says alternative energy sources could replace gas in Ukraine's villages

Ukrainian Vice Prime Minister Pavlo Rozenko suggests that households in the rural areas should consider the possibility of using alternative energy sources instead of natural gas.

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"It is expedient for residents in rural areas in terms of energy saving. Yes, this is a radical step, but they should consider giving up gas consumption," Rozenko told Espresso.TV.

He also noted that the price of gas would not decrease in Ukraine, and therefore, it was important to look for alternative sources at lower prices.

The Ukrainian government fixed a single price of gas as of May 1, 2016, at UAH 6,879 (3) per 1,000 cubic meters, equal to the purchase price of natural gas, which is imported to the country.

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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.

Reporting by UNIAN

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