Almost a month of attacks on the Ukrainian energy system: what conclusions have been drawn, and what Ukrainians should get ready for

November 08, 2022

In a week, frost will come, and therefore, when the heat supply is off, electricity consumption will grow.

Energy companies need extra funds to detect and eliminate the consequences of terrorist attacks by the aggressor. Maksym Bielawski, an energy expert at Razumkov Centre, former PR director of Naftogaz of Ukraine, believes that successful protection of our energy system from the overload actually depends on two tracks.

"The first one is to closure the sky over Ukraine as much as possible, primarily over energy infrastructure facilities. It is a function of defence, being provided by the AFU. The second one is the optimal regulation of the load on the energy system through regulation of demand, the volume of electricity consumption," the expert explains.

He emphasises that large-scale and long-term disconnections of consumers in Kyiv, Chernihiv, Zhytomyr and a number of other regions are caused, among other things, by the increase in electricity consumption in those regions.

"This must be understood," urges Maksym Bielawski. "Consumers should reconsider their daily schedule. Ask energy experts for advice. Shift their electricity needs to the night as much as possible to relieve the power system."

In addition to the military factor, the expert continues, in addition to saving electricity, there is another important task — the availability of funds on the market.

"I expect the National Commission, which carries out state regulation in the fields of energy and utility services (NERC) as the main regulator of the energy and utility services markets, to make appropriate decisions. In particular, to remove restrictions on the wholesale price of electricity, to agree on a new tariff with the transmission system operator (upwards, which, however, will not affect consumer bills). This is necessary, — explains Maksym Bielawski, — in order for funds to appear on the electricity market. Currently, they are deficient, because even before the war this market worked with failures and bottlenecks. And now, a military factor has been added — shelling of facilities and unscheduled repairs. Energy companies need additional funds for detection and liquidation of consequences of the aggressor's terrorist attacks."


Maksym Bielawski

Leading Expert, Energy Programmes

Born in 1986 in Zhytomyr oblast


Zhytomyr State Technological University (2008)

Ph.D in Technical Science (2010)

Ivano-Frankivsk National Technical University of Oil and Gas (2012)

Author of 17 patents and 100 scientific works

Work Experience:

2008 – 2011 — Operator of Gas Infrastructure Units, Controller of Gas Transmission System in Rivne Division of PJSC "Ukrtransgas"

2011 – 2017 — Leading Engineer, Deputy Head of Press-Service, Head of Public Relation Department of PJSC "Ukrtransgas"

2017 – 2018 — HR Director of PJSC "Maine Gas Pipelines of Ukraine", Advisor to the Minister of Energy and Coal Industry of Ukraine

2021 — Director of Integrated Communications of NJSC "Naftogaz of Ukraine"