For more than a week now, there have been no power outages in almost all of Ukraine. However, it is too early to relax.
Ukrenergo reports that a significant amount of generating capacity has already been restored, in particular nuclear, hydro and thermal power plants.
DTEK warns that in case of grid overloading, there may be limits according to stabilization schedules. On other days, it is likely that the limits will continue to apply. You can find out the time of scheduled blackouts on DTEK’s website.
DTEK also reported that today the situation with the supply of light to homes is much better, and there is no shortage of electricity generation. However, blackouts are still possible in Odessa, Kharkiv and Kherson regions, but they will not last long and according to the schedule. In Kiev and Kiev region, as of today, blackouts are not expected, electricity will be all day, will conduct measurements of electricity consumption, in particular in Kiev.
“This will help to determine more correct limits when applying schedules. However, as a result of damage to the networks of “Ukrenergo” in some energy nodes of the capital may be disconnected according to the schedule,” – noted in the company.
We recommend to reduce electricity consumption during the evening period from 17 to 23 hours. You should limit the use of powerful electrical appliances: washing machines, boilers, irons, electric stoves, heaters and the like. Also do not turn on several powerful appliances at the same time.
Prime Minister of Ukraine Denys Shmygal noted that despite the fact that there is no shortage of electricity in the system, repairs of energy equipment will stretch for many months
– added the head of the government
“It should be understood that in these cases, individual regions will revert to shutdowns from time to time”
In the fall of 2022, Russia regularly began shelling Ukraine’s energy infrastructure. In December, Russian shelling knocked out half of Ukraine’s energy system. And after the shelling, a state of emergency in the energy sector was imposed on December 16.
Ukraine’s energy system has already survived 14 enemy missile attacks and 17 waves of UAV attacks on energy facilities. Power engineers are continuing emergency recovery operations at a number of power plants that have suffered significant damage from Russian attacks.
More than 10 GW of the main installed capacities are still unavailable to the Ukrainian power system and are under enemy control. These include Ukraine’s and Europe’s largest nuclear power plant, Zaporizhzhya NPP, as well as Zaporizhzhya TPP, Lugansk TPP, Uglegorsk TPP, and Kakhovka HPP.
Energy Minister German Galushchenko said that today and over the weekend Ukraine’s energy system will operate with reserve capacity. According to him, today and over the weekend, electricity generation will continue to ensure its consumption.
“Due to the decrease in demand we will have a capacity reserve,” he said.
Recall that from January 16, 2023 Ukrainians can exchange old electric light bulbs for energy-saving LED-lamps, they are 88% more energy efficient than old bulbs. Funding for 30 million LED-lamps will come from the EU. The application can be submitted through “Diya”, after which – to receive five new bulbs in the nearest branch of “Ukrposhta”.