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Ukraine urgently needs distributed generation facilities to counter Russian energy terror

CEO of Ukrenergo, Volodymyr Kudrytskyi, emphasizes the immediate need to build a network of small power plants to protect Ukraine’s energy systems from continuous Russian missile attacks as winter approaches.
Ukraine imposes power cuts for businesses amid Russian strikes
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Ukraine urgently needs distributed generation facilities to counter Russian energy terror

Volodymyr Kudrytskyi, CEO of Ukrenergo company, said that building a distributed generation facility network is the solution for Ukraine to protect its energy systems from Russian missile attacks as the country prepares for the new winter.

Kudrytskyi said that Ukraine lost about nine gigawatts of generating capacity, equal to the Netherlands’ energy consumption over three months or the consumption of Slovakia and the Baltic countries together.

“Unfortunately, we must face the reality that these attacks will likely continue. We must be prepared and restore as much generation as possible before winter.

We need to request additional air defense systems to protect what we restore. However, we also need to deploy new generating capacities to ensure that if the Russians attack again, they can’t focus on ten or 15 large power plants but will have to target many small ones. It brings us to decentralizing generation,” he emphasized.

Kudrytskyi added that Ukraine must begin building such facilities “not after the war, but right now.”
Russian strikes on power objects since 22 March have destroyed half of Ukraine’s energy system. They have also brought $1 billion in losses to the country.

Ukraine is buying energy from the European Union. However, more is needed to make up for the deficit. Therefore, blackouts have been introduced all over the country.

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