Ukrainians Endure 4–8 Hours of Power Blackouts Daily

by Dmytro Shurkhalo, for Euromaidan Press

December 9, 2014

Energy ministry claims 4 hours is the “norm” but acknowledges some go without electricity for as long as 8 hours a day.

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In the village of Chubynske in Boryspil district of Kyiv oblast there is no electricity for about three hours a day on average.

“There is no schedule. These suspensions are allegedly planned — but there is no plan. The Kyivoblenergo website only has schedules for some districts. Our heating and electric stoves depend on electricity,” says Pavlo, head of one of the local unions of homeowners.

The Ministry of Energy advises to decrease consumption

The Energy Minister’s foreseeable plans include a meeting with the leadership of the oblasts which consume a significant amount of energy and try to agree on voluntary limits on consumption.

According to Volodymyr Demchyshyn, in case they voluntarily reduce consumption by 15%, electricity will not be disconnected.

At the moment, Ukrainian consumers have no electricity four hours per day on average.

However, the Ministry acknowledges the fact that sometimes people have to go eight hours without electricity.

“The norm is four hours: two hours in the morning and two in the evening. However, as practice shows, the suspensions vary.

It is not us who do it, but oblast energy companies, most of which are private,” reported Energy Ministry press secretary Olena Mishchenko.