Kyiv Energy Anomaly

Today, strict schedules of hourly power cuts for households have been approved for Kyiv: 12 hours of guaranteed outages, while power supply is guaranteed for just 4 hours.

Such a situation is difficult to explain solely by the shortage of capacities in the UES. The thing is that great many critical infrastructure facilities are located in Kyiv, working for the interests the state, which cannot be disconnected. This factor is disregarded by the methodology of the Ministry of Energy, that is why Kyiv has longer outages, compared to other regions: in some regions, guaranteed power cuts for households do not exceed 2–3 hours. However, Ukrenergo must impose regional limits in accordance with this methodology.

If everything remains as it is, in July, when seasonal consumption increases, and most nuclear units undergo planned repairs, the situation with the energy supply of Kyiv residents will worsen even more, and in the heating season it will be just critical. Meanwhile, even double tariffs will not significantly influence the schedules of hourly outages.

This can enhance social tension in the country and affect the military-political situation as a whole.

The government finally understood this problem, so, D. Shmyhal gave orders to improve the methodology of limits. In my opinion, limits for households should be set with account of the availability of national infrastructure in the region and the percentage of residents actually living in each region in the entire population of the country.

Volodymyr Omelchenko

Director, Energy Programmes

Born in 1967 in Kyiv

Education: Kyiv Politechnic Institute, Department of Chemical Engineering (1992)

Author of over 50 scientific works and op-ed publications. Took part in development and implementation of international energy projects and scientific research in international energy policy


1992 – 1996 — worked in different positions in the mechanical engineering industry

1997 – 1998 — Head Expert of the Division of Oil, Gas and Petroleum Refining Industry of the Ministry of Economy of Ukraine

1998 – 2003 — Naftohaz Ukrayiny National Joint-Stock Company, in Charge of Oil Transportation Section

2004 – 2007 — Chief Consultant at the National Institute of International Security Problems of Ukraine’s NSDC

since February, 2007 — Leading Expert, Razumkov Centre. Director of Energy Programmes since 2013

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