Ukraine braces for summer power shortages amid repairs after Russian attacks

The most challenging situation in Ukraine's power system is expected in mid-summer
The most challenging situation in Ukraine's power system is expected in mid-summer

Ukraine's power system is expected to face its most challenging situation in the middle of summer, when daily electricity shortages are likely to increase due to higher consumption caused by the heat, national power grid operator Ukrenergo told public broadcaster Suspilne on June 5.

"Restoration work on thermal and hydroelectric power plants damaged by Russian attacks will continue during this period, making it difficult to meet the increased demand for electricity," Ukrenergo said.

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In addition, "hydroelectric power plants traditionally reduce production in the summer, while nuclear power units will be repaired and prepared for maximum winter loads."

Russia has carried out six missile-drone attacks on Ukraine's energy system since March 22. Damage from these attacks has reduced the capacity of Ukrainian power plants to generate electricity compared to before the attacks, Ukrenergo said. Overall, all major thermal and hydroelectric power plants in Ukraine have been damaged by Russian strikes.

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Ukrenergo has urged all consumers to use electricity efficiently and to shift the use of heavy electrical appliances to daytime hours, specifically from 11:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. EET.

A recent report by NV Business highlighted the broader impact on Ukraine's energy sector, citing Olena Lapenko of the DiXi Group, who noted that the country’s thermal power generation capacity has plummeted by about 85% due to the ongoing hostilities.

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