Rolling blackouts Kyiv city and oblast intended to stabilize the grid
A man drinks lemonade in a cafe in Mykolaiv, where is no electricity after Russian missile attack, October 22, 2022 (Photo:REUTERS/Valentyn Ogirenko)
All Kyiv households disconnected from the grid due to blackouts during the early hours of Oct. 23 have been reconnected, however, new rolling blackouts have been scheduled for Kyiv City and Kyiv Oblast on Sunday.
On the morning of Oct. 23, DTEK Kyivski Elektromerezhi, the operator of the power grid in Kyiv City, serving 1.2 million clients, said that the capital’s power situation was currently difficult, and urged households to limit power consumption. They advised that Kyivians limit themselves to one electrical appliance at a time, and minimize power consumption from 6:00till 11:00 a.m. and from 5:00 till 11:00 p.m.
DTEK later announced rolling blackouts throughout the city, as well as the oblast, which are intended to help stabilize the grid. The longest blackout is scheduled to be last for four hours, and there may be multiple blackouts per day, according to a scheduled posting on the Kyiv City Council website.
DTEK Donetski Elektromerezhi, the operator of the power grid in Donetsk Oblast, reported the power had been restored, thanks to measures to stabilize electricity consumption.
On the morning of Oct. 22, Russia attacked infrastructure facilities in the center and west of Ukraine. There were reports of explosions in Lutsk, Rivne, Khmelnytsky, Kirovohrad, and Odesa oblasts. The aftermath of this attack could be even more devastating than the results of the Russian mass air and missile strikes on Oct. 10 through 12, and caused power out-ages in 11 oblasts. According to President Volodymyr Zelenskyy, Russia launched 36 missiles during the assault, though most were intercepted.
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