Ukrainians should brace for planned power outages this summer as Russian attacks cause energy system to buckle

Kharkiv on March 22
Kharkiv on March 22

Ukrainians should be prepared to face certain constraints to energy usage over the summer as repeated Russian attacks are causing the system to buckle, Energy Research Center director, Oleksandr Kharchenko, said in a TV interview on May 7.

"Preparations should be made for limitations. We won't get through July and August without limiting consumer usage," he said.

"It won't be an apocalypse; it won't be prolonged blackouts."

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During morning and evening peak hours, the supply to "certain portions" of consumers would need to be curtailed, with restrictions lasting "one and a half to two hours."

Industrial electricity usage is already being curtailed "almost daily," he said, adding that further restrictions will affect residential consumers.

Read also: Russian energy attacks cost over $1 billion — Herman Halushchenko

Russian attacks on Ukrainian energy

Russia began attacking Ukraine's largest and most powerful energy facilities in the spring of 2024. This caused significant losses to the energy system:

  • Both power stations of the Dnipro HPP were lost. While the dam survived, the equipment was destroyed, and it may take years to restore the facility

  • The TPP-5 in Kharkiv was destroyed, requiring reconstruction equivalent to building a new plant, a task that requires several years

  • Kharkiv Oblast's Zmiivska TPP (Centrenergo) was destroyed

  • DTEK Group (owned by Rinat Akhmetov) reported an 80% loss in generation

  • All units of the Burshtyn and Ladyzhyn TPPs were damaged

Read also: Russian attack destroys Trypillia TPP, Centrenergo loses 100% generation

A gas storage facility in western Ukraine was also damaged.

Russia's recent attacks on Ukraine's energy system have caused at least 90 million euros worth of damage, and that's only losses to the company's high-voltage equipment, Ukrenergo head, Volodymyr Kudrytskyi, said on March 24.

Given Russia's mass strikes on Ukraine's energy system, preparations for scheduled power outages in spring and summer will be necessary, Ukrainian Energy Minister Herman Halushchenko said.

Read also: Russia has destroyed or damaged half of Ukraine's energy system - Foreign Affairs Minister Kuleba

Germany might provide Ukraine with equipment from closed energy facilities, Halushchenko mentioned on April 21.

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