NewsUkraine warns of power failures amid surging demand and Russian attacks

Ukraine warns of power failures amid surging demand and Russian attacks

War in Ukraine. Ukraine appeals to citizens to limit energy consumption. In the picture Volodymyr Zelensky.
War in Ukraine. Ukraine appeals to citizens to limit energy consumption. In the picture Volodymyr Zelensky.
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3:52 AM EST, January 10, 2024

Low temperatures in Eastern Europe spell trouble for Ukraine. Energy demand surges, particularly to heat homes, even as the regular bombardment of Ukrainian infrastructure by Russians continues.

Energy demand rises amid war in Ukraine

- The recent shellings have not caused significant damage to the Ukrainian energy system. The situation is under control, we have a buffer, and scheduled blackouts are not anticipated - assured Prime Minister Denys Shmyhal.

However, due to the low temperatures, the consumption of electric energy is swiftly increasing. This morning it surpassed yesterday's levels by 6 percent. The extra load elevates the risk of failure - noted the head of the Ukrainian government.

The prime minister urged the solidarity of all Ukrainians under these exceptional circumstances. He gave recommendations on how citizens could conserve power.

Electricity conservation urged among Ukrainians

Energy sector representatives are advising citizens to turn off high-power devices. At the same time, they are suggesting entrepreneurs shut off lighting for signboards, advertisements, and store displays.

- This would conserve 200-400 MW, equivalent to a few heat generation units. And this is currently critically necessary for our energy system - summarized Denys Shmyhal.

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