Energy grid cutting it close – expert on possible restrictions and how to avoid power outages in summer
Today, we can already say that we are entering the summer peak of consumption, and the actual consumption has grown quite significantly. Even the evening peak hours of electricity consumption have changed, as right now, the actual peak hours start at 4:00 PM and last until 9:00-10:00 PM. Consumption is currently being covered, but it is becoming increasingly more difficult to do so.
Oleksandr Kharchenko, Director at the Energy Industry Research Center made this statement during a briefing at Media Center Ukraine – Ukrinform.
“And in reality, the energy system is cutting it really close – it is still possible to cover consumption, but it is already very difficult to do so, from time to time we have to ask for emergency help from European colleagues, this coverage is already unstable. And meanwhile, as it gets hotter and hotter, and if this trend holds and the temperatures continue to be 29, 30, 32, 35 degrees, which may well happen in August, then of course there are two choices. Either consumers will learn to at least partially turn off their AC from time to time, or it will be necessary at some point to apply forced restrictions,” he emphasized.
Oleksandr Kharchenko says that according to the latest statistics there is no trend towards a decrease in consumption, which looks rather careless. This, the expert noted, may at some point lead to forced restrictions.
Oleksandr Kharchenko emphasized that, in fact, this matter is now in the hands of Ukrainians themselves, including in the hands of Ukrainians who manage business centers and shopping centers and who have access to the relevant AC systems.
“If a large part of medium-sized and small businesses listens to this. If people privately, and there are many ACs installed in Ukraine, limit the temperature in their homes to 23 and 24 degrees, it will help a lot,” he said.
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