Warmer weather will not significantly improve power situation, says energy company

13 January, 11:29 AM
Kyiv during a blackout (Photo:REUTERS/Gleb Garanich)

Kyiv during a blackout (Photo:REUTERS/Gleb Garanich)

Warmer weather will contribute to easing restrictions on power supplies, but there will still be a deficit in energy generation, Sergey Kovalenko, CEO of energy supply firm YASNO, wrote on Facebook on Jan. 12.

“Should we expect a sharp improvement in the situation with warmer weather?” he said.

“I think we can count on an improvement, but it will definitely not be drastic. It will take a lot of time and resources to fully restore the power grid. At the very least, the generation that is currently under repair should be restored.”

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However, Kovalenko also added that the public should not expected power supplies to stop if there are very low temperatures.

“We cannot say that the system will stop if it’s -20°С outside,” he said.

“The generation will continue to work, electricity will be produced and supplied as much as possible at a specific time. But it’s quite likely that this amount of electricity will not be able to cover the entire amount of demand.”

According to Kovalenko, power restrictions will last at least until the end of winter.

Earlier Ukrenergo, Ukraine’s state-owned power company, maintained consumption limits for all hours in all regions for three days in a row. Emergency blackouts were applied in nine regions.

Ukraine has been suffering regular countrywide blackouts since Russia in early October launched a campaign to destroy Ukrainian civilian infrastructure.

The Kremlin aims to deny Ukrainian heating, water and power during winter, in order to force Ukraine’s government to seek a ceasefire. 

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