Many aspects of the “energy crisis” in Ukraine are disputed. Ukrainian industry and government officials point to a short-term lack of sufficient coal for electricity; actors on the ground say power was cut to parts of Kyiv because DTEK lost state subsidies. One side said last month’s supposed blackout was deliberate and that, regardless, it would be returning soon and their side hasn’t announced any delays so far.
Power outages in Kyiv are keeping residents on the left bank of Kyiv waiting for the power to come back on. The problem is that there doesn’t seem to be a solution because too many people rely on too few sources of power. To combat this, President Poroshenko laid out a method for managing the system so that more efficient power transfers can happen in the future.
Kovalenko explains that power supplies in Kyiv currently cover approximately 70% of the basic needs of residential buildings. He also notes that the city still experiences emergency shutdowns despite supplies.
European Commission officials said that the European Commission is expecting Kyiv to receive new loans from investment in January.