On Thursday, February 16, Ukraine’s energy system built up a power reserve. Minister of Energy Herman Halushchenko reported that power generation had been enough to meet the consumers’ needs for five consecutive days.
According to him, power generation has not only met the consumption level but also enabled the creation of a power reserve. More than half of the country’s electric power is generated by the Rivne, South Ukraine, and Khmelnytskyi NPPs.
"In the Odesa region, stabilization outages may be introduced due to repairs of power lines. Kharkiv region power engineers completed repair work in less than a day and restored power supply in Kupiansk and nearby settlements that had been de-energized due to enemy shelling," Halushchenko added.
On Wednesday, February 15, Ukrenergo reported that Ukrainian hydropower plants and thermal power plants had restored significant generation capacity. Nuclear power plants also contributed to the total capacity. At the same time, power consumption decreased because of the warmer weather. Another factor was the high water level in the Dnipro and Dniester rivers, where the largest hydropower plants are located.
Earlier, Volodymyr Kudrytskyi, Chairman of the Management Board of the National Power Company Ukrenergo, said that the attacks on Ukrainian energy infrastructure were being planned jointly by Russian military and power engineers.