No power cuts for household consumers for now — Ukrenergo

Power transmission lines
Power transmission lines

Ukrainian households will not have to deal with scheduled blackouts in the immediate future, the head of Ukraine's national power grid operator Ukrenergo, Volodymyr Kudrytskyi, told Ukrainian TV broadcasters on April 18.

Kharkiv remains an exception to the policy, as the city’s entire power generation infrastructure has been destroyed by Russian attacks last month.

“Currently, we have to plans to introduce power cut schedules for household consumers,” said Kudrytskyi.

“Except for Kharkiv, unfortunately, where virtually all energy infrastructure is damaged.”

As the weather in Ukraine got colder this week, electricity consumption rises, creating a substantial generation deficit in peak hours. To deal with it, Ukrenergo will limit power supply to the industry to keep the energy system in balance.

Read also: How Ukraine copes with second Russian assault on its power grid

Kudrytskyi asked consumers to limit their electricity use between 7 and 10 p.m., when the deficit becomes so large it cannot be covered by imports from the EU.

He indicated that over 1 gigawatt of power is now being supplied through EU imports and emergency aid—the equivalent of adding another nuclear power plant to the national grid. Despite these measures, evening demand might still exceed supply, putting the power grid’s stability at risk.

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