Ukraine sets new record for emergency energy assistance for second consecutive day

For the second day in a row, Ukraine set a new record for emergency electricity imports. On Tuesday, Ukrenergo was forced to source 3,900 megawatt-hours of power from Poland and Romania between 1 p.m. and 10 p.m. to meet demand, according to the state energy company.

The day before, emergency assistance amounted to 2,000 MWh.

Electricity consumption in Ukraine remained at high levels yesterday, with evening peak demand only 2.5% lower than the summer record set on August 21.

Ukrenergo stresses emergency assistance is not a commercial import – it is the last and costliest emergency measure for balancing the energy system without consumer disconnections.

The primary reason for emergency imports is thermal and hydropower plant damage from Russian attacks, resulting in electricity shortages. Additionally, nuclear plants are undergoing active repairs to operate at full capacity this winter.

Routine imports and market exchanges from Europe are insufficient to bridge the gap between heightened consumption and limited generation given power plant limitations.

Today, small electricity imports are coming from Slovakia and Moldova in evening hours at a maximum of 467 megawatts. There are no exports.

On August 18 and August 21, Ukrenergo again took extreme measures to avoid blackouts as Ukrainians broke electricity use records amid ongoing heat.